News highlights-April 6 2017 – Tallying of votes is the sole mandate of the Commission, IEBC maintains

News highlights-April 6 2017 – Tallying of votes is the sole mandate of the Commission, IEBC maintains

Unchecked political intolerance may lead to chaos, religious leaders warn politicians

  • Religious leaders have said that increasing incidents of political intolerance may lead to anarchy and chaos, if not checked
  • They are now are pleading with politicians to save the country from a repeat of the 2007/2008 chaos in which thousands of Kenyans lost their lives while others were displaced from their homes
  • Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Organising Secretary, Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa says that as clerics, they are increasingly concerned with the state of the nation as the clock ticks towards the August 8 elections

Khalifa has challenged the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to sue politicians propagating hooliganism and violence that has been witnessed in the recent past across the country.

He challenged State agencies mandated to vet aspirants to bar hate mongers from seeking any elective posts. Meanhwile, the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) said the posterity of the country is more important than the outcome of elections.

READ ALSO: IEBC threatens to lock out candidates over escalating violence in rallies

The Muslim, Christian and Hindu religious leaders’ umbrella body said they were committed to telling Kenyans, particularly the youth, not to be incited by politicians to cause violence and fight each other.

Senator Ongoro is here to stay, Ruth Odinga assures ODM

  • Kisumu Deputy Governor, Ruth Odinga has come to the defence of embattled nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro telling the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to respect women aspirants eyeing its party ticket
  • The Deputy Governor said Senator Ongoro will not leave the Orange Party, vowing not to tolerate any kind of intimidation against women leaders
  • Senator Ongoro cited political obstructions, claiming that the party had not appreciated her contribution to its growth

Ongoro vowed not to compromise her bid for the Ruaraka parliamentary seat held by T J Kajwang’. Ms Odinga has urged the party’s National Executive committee (NEC) not to meddle in the upcoming party primary nominations.

Ruth, sister to ODM leader, Raila Odinga, asked the party National Elections Board chaired by Judith Pareno to consult members widely not to make any mistakes ahead of next week’s primaries. The Deputy Governor said Senator Ongoro will not leave the Orange Party but stay vowing not to tolerate any kind of intimidation or frustration on women leaders.

READ ALSO: Odinga meets ODM women aspirants at MMU while Musyoka meets wiper party aspirants at Bomas

On Wednesday, Ongoro who is ODM Deputy Secretary General, rebuked her party, alleging that its leaders have frustrated her and other women aspirants, but assured her supporters that she will soldier on in the MP race.

Tallying of votes is the sole mandate of the Commission, IEBC maintains

  • The Electoral Commission has maintained that the tallying of votes in the forthcoming General Election remains its sole mandate as enshrined in the constitution
  • Addressing the press yesterday at the Commission’s office in Nairobi, Chairman IEBC Wafula Chebukati said political parties are only allowed to verify the results after it has been announced by the commission
  • Chebukati said all parties will have their agents in all polling stations across the country and will be provided with forms of the final results upon announcement which parties can use to verify the final results

The remarks by Chebukati come even as the commission is scheduled to meet NASA leaders today to discuss their sustained campaign to set up their own tallying centre in the forthcoming General Elections. Chebukati yesterday remained tight lipped on what the commission intends to tell the opposition about the setting up of a parallel tallying centre.

Chebukati had however earlier maintained that it is only IEBC that is mandated by law to do tallying.

“The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission today extended an invitation to the Nasa leadership for a meeting on Thursday to discuss election management,” Raila’s spokesperson Dennis Onyango said in a statement.

READ ALSO: Voters to be polled ahead of August elections following launch of ‘Kenya Decides’ app

NASA leaders have been at loggerheads with the electoral body following their announcement that they intend to “tally and announce” own election results parallel to IEBC’s.

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