NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
leader Raila Odinga on Sunday launched a campaign to bring
changes at the electoral body before he can take part in the
fresh presidential elections slated for Oct. 17.
The National Supper Alliance (NASA) leader said next month’s
presidential rerun would not be fair, free and credible with the
current Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC)
officials who abetted the bungling of Aug. 8 polls in office.
"We launch our campaigns against any elections held by IEBC
commissioners as constituted. We shall go around the country
sensitizing people about the IEBC," Odinga told a news
conference in Nairobi.
"The IEBC as currently constituted cannot conduct a free and
fair election in October," said Odinga, who was accompanied by
two other NASA principals, Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi.
The 72-year-old opposition leader, who successful petitioned
the Supreme Court to annul the result of Aug. 8 polls and
overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory, said they will
crisscross the country in a campaign to explain to their
supporters why the current commission cannot be trusted to
oversee a free, fair election.
He accused the government of being complicit to electoral
malpractices, saying "they are partners in crime," stressing
that IEBC must be reformed through a consultative process before
conducting any other poll.
"Why should Kenya trust these institutions?
"Is it because the IEBC went to a retreat and buried their
He vowed never to relent until some commissioners and nine
other top officials resign before next month’s rerun.
"The 10 individuals including the CEO (Ezra Chiloba) who
bungled the elections must resign for any election to be held,"
"Kenyans are coming for you! Salvage what you can and run.
"There will be no election with you in office."
"Are we counting on the very institutions and individuals who
participated in a coup against the people and tried to install a
defeated candidate as winner to ensure an accountable counting,
tallying, transmission and transparency of results?
is no," he said.
Odinga also accused Safran Morpho, a French firm which
supplied election kits, of engaging in discussions with IEBC
officials to manipulate the August poll.
He said the company’s Kenya Integrated Elections Managements
System (KIEMS) that was used to identity voters and transmit
results cannot be trusted to run another election.
Odinga dismissed threats by the French company to sue for
defamation, saying "a thief cannot probe itself."
OT-Morpho said in a statement on Saturday that it will sue
"unidentified people in both French and Kenyan courts for
damaging the company’s reputation and honor."
The firm said it is willing to open its system for additional
scrutiny by an independent body under the authority of IEBC.