Raila: IEBC Should Guarantee The Country a Free And Fair Elections.

Raila Odinga Photographer: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

The Azimio Presidential candidate Raila Odinga wants the IEBC to guarantee the country of a free and fair elections.

In a memorandum presented to IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati on Sunday, the coalition asked the commission to make public the state of it’s preparedness to conduct the August polls.

Raila told the electoral body to ensure that the integrity of the elections is secured by safeguarding and protecting the voter register that is currently under audit.

“We would like to see a free and fair election process, we want this exercise to be done also in a free manner, we want Kenyans to be able on the 9th of august to freely express their will to speak clearly that this is what the Kenyans want,” Raila said.

The issues Raila wants to be addressed by IEBC include the Electronic identification of voters and transmission of results, the integrity of voters register, the audit of the same, proposal to amend the elections regulations and recruitment of returning officers.

Questions around the integrity of the voters register remains a big point of concern for the Azimio team.

“Can the commission make public the results of its investigations regarding the irregular transfer of voters? How many voters were affected by the said unlawful transfers? Which polling centres are affected by the said irregular transfers? Has the commission established when the said transfers were made and who was responsible for the irregularity?” he asked the commission.

The coalition also wants the commission to speak to the matters concerning printing of ballot papers, the contract between the commission and Smart- matic that has seen the commission outsource key electoral processes, including the results transmission requirement document, matters to do with elections technology, and stakeholder engagement.

It wants the commission to include those engaged in the elections in all the material decisions and processes of the elections.

“When does the commission intend to carry out timely end-toend testing of election technology? When does the commission intend to issue a public notice specifying the date, time and place of the testing and invite stakeholders to attend the end-to-end testing of election technology?”

At the Bomas of Kenya, Wafula Chebukati assured Raila Odinga and the general public that there was no need to panic, as all the necessary plans to ensure a credible, free and fair election, were in place

“I just want to assure you that all the issues you have raised have been addressed by the commission and we are where we are supposed to be in terms of our elections timeline,”Chebukati said.

Adding that the stakeholders will be able to see how the electoral body will employ technology in the election processes when a simulation of the same will be held at the Bomas of Kenya, by the end of next week.

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