The National Super Alliance (Nasa) yesterday accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of ethnic profiling by postponing polls in four Nyanza counties.
Legislators from the alliance told journalists at a Nairobi hotel that the move by IEBC to postpone the elections in those areas was aimed at showing that it is only counties in Luo land that did not vote whereas it was a failed exercise almost in the entire country.
Speaking moments after poll agency chairman Wafula Chebukati announced the postponement of elections in Siaya, Migori, Homa Bay and Kisumu to tomorrow, the Nasa legislators claimed that voting did not take place in 85 per cent of polling stations in Nairobi, Coast, Western, Lower Eastern and North Eastern regions.
“We can confirm for a fact that voting did not take place in 85 per cent of polling stations in Nairobi, Coast, Western province etc but even in places perceived to be Jubilee strongholds the turn out was below 30 per cent,” said the MPs in a statement read by Suna East MP Junet Mohamed.
He was accompanied by Mathare MP Anthony Oluoch (pictured), his cunterparts Raphael Wanjala (Budalangi) and Daniel Maanzo (Makueni). The legislators also claimed that embattled IEBC chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba despite proceeding on leave, to give room to the special team of the Commission to conduct the poll, was yesterday actively involved in the exercise.
The MPs urged Chebukati to ensure that he conducts his duties as the National Returning Officer, in strict compliance with the law and ensure he has results from 290 constituencies.