Nasa contests decision by IEBC to defer Nyanza polls

Seth Onyango and Mutuku Mwangangi @PeopleDailyKe

National Super Alliance (Nasa) has criticised the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for postponing the repeat presidential poll in four counties in Nyanza region where voting was disrupted on Thursday.

Nasa chief of campaigns Musalia Mudavadi termed “unnecessary” any plans to repeat elections which he claimed will be used to brutalise the alliance supporters in Kisumu, Migori, Homa Bay and Siaya— where security concerns made it impossible for repeat presidential elections to take place.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati had on Thursday said the exercise would be repeated today assuring that they had made all considerations in coming up with Saturday as the appropriate day for the repeat of the exercise.

He had said those whose religious inclination may hinder them from taking part would have to make sacrifices if they are interested in casting their ballot. However, on Friday he again put them off indefinitely citing security concerns.

Mudavadi alleged that postponement of elections in largely Luo inhabited areas was an attempt to profile the community in a bid to paint a picture that only they were opposed to elections. “We read mischief in the move by IEBC to postpone elections only in Nyanza counties.

This amounts to ethnic profiling,” he said. He claimed most counties boycotted the “sham” elections including Busia, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kitui, Kisii, Nyamira, Narok, Kajiado, Kitui, Makueni, Machakos and Wajir.

Others he mentioned are Mandera, Garissa, Vihiga, Kakamega, Nairobi, Kisumu, Siaya, Migori, Bungoma and Samburu, West Pokot, Turkana and Trans Nzoia.

Elsewhere, elected Nasa leaders from Lower Eastern criticised the postponement and what they termed excessive use of force by the police on protesters.

In a statement read to journalists by Kitui Senator Enock Wambua, the leaders condemned alleged brutality in the Opposition strongholds. Police brutality “We condemn police brutality against innocent civilians expressing their rejection of the sham election,” he said.

The press conference was attended by Members of National Assembly Thandeius Nzambia (Kilome) Robert Mbui (Kathiani) Paul Nzengu, Joshua Kimilu (Kaiti), Makali Mulu (Kitui Central), Joyce Kasimbi (Machakos Women’s Rep), Musili Mawathe (Embakasi East), Peter Mathuki (Ex-EALA MP) and former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti and a number of Members of County Assemblies.

Wambua dismissed results displayed by the IEBC from the Lower Eastern saying they are grossly exaggerated to create an impression that there was a successful election in Ukambani.

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