Mudavadi: Jubilee planning to rig 2017 elections

Jubilee is planning to rig the next next year’s general election by infiltrating its party systems in to the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC), the Amani National Congress has said.

The Mudavadi led party claimed that the proposal by President Uhuru Kenyatta to have IEBC conduct Jubilee Party primaries is a scheme to compromise the independence of the electoral body.

Mr Mudavadi has asked the commission to ignore such a move terming it ‘mischievous’.

Only yesterday, while welcoming the leaders of the parties folding to join the Jubilee party, President Kenyatta dispelled fears of unfair party primaries saying they will be conducted by the electoral commission to ensure fairness.

“IEBC cannot preside over party primaries of a party that controls state institutions ahead of the General Election. This is a strategy by Jubilee to infiltrate the commission and build relationships to facilitate rigging,” Mudavadi said.

He questioned on what grounds the electoral body would conduct such primaries noting that they are already overstretched and are yet to fully satisfy the people on their readiness to conduct next year’s polls.

Additionally, Mudavadi observed that IEBC was a tax payer funded institution and thus could in any way handle the primaries.

“IEBC is funded by the tax payers. Who will pay them for conducting the primaries or are we turning the commission as revenue collection agency,” posed the ANC leader.

He said IEBC does not hold registers of any political party unless it has already been compromised.

“The mandate of any electoral body is conduct free and fair elections and not to hold registers of specific parties,” he said.

He called on Kenyans to remain vigilant on any schemes that could compromise the 2017 elections.


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