BY UPESI NEWS TEAM,Nairobi DEC 8 ,2016– Coalition for Reforms and Democracy CORD says that the retired IEBC commissioners led by Issack Hassan must vacate office and a new team takes over by December 23. At the same time ODM leader Raila Odinga insists that a peaceful election can only be achieved through a transparent process. Below is the press statement from CORD co-principals Raila Odinga and Kalonzo musyoka The general elections will be held on Tuesday 8th August 2017.
Those elections must be free, fair and transparent and administered in an impartial, neutral, efficient and accurate and accountable manner as required under the Constitution. The principles for our electoral system and process must be jealously kept. Democratic elections are an essential pillar of a nation that believes in justice and peace.
You cannot have peace without justice. That is why democracy and justice are foundational values and principles in our Constitution. With these and other underlying prescriptions, like the rule of law, human rights and good governance, peace is an inevitable and natural consequence. But the imperative of justice is paramount and overriding. Because of the irregularities and flaws of previous elections including the general elections of 2013, which was the first election under the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, Kenyans engaged in intensive campaigns to ensure that the next general elections are not rigged. Many people lost their lives and others were injured during the massive countrywide demonstrations against the IEBC and the Commissioners.
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