CORD Leaders address the media in a past press conference/FILE PHOTO
BY UPESI NEWS TEAM,NAIROBI,22ND DEC 2016-Coalition for reforms and democracy CORD now says it will hold demonstration beginning 4th of January next year to oppose the re-introduction of manual voter registration and identification.Led by its leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka,the coalition has termed the Thursday move by the Jubilee MPs in parliament to pass all the proposed amendment to election laws amid protests from Opposition Members of Parliament as retrogressive to the country.
They say they will not allow anything less than a free and fair election come next year while any attempt by the government to change the election laws will be met with the strongest resistance possible.Addressing the press at Odinga’s Capital hill office Thursday,they said the move to reintroduce the manual identification of voters by the jubilee administration is geared towards stealing the next years elections.
USE OF BIO-METRIC VOTERS REGISTRATION KITS(BVR)
Defending the use of bio-metric voter registration kits( BVR) Odinga said the kits had been used elsewhere in Africa and Asia to register voters and have succeeded greatly wondering why the jubilee administration could introduce the manual registration .”The electronic kits have been used in Nigeria to register over 100 million voters and the same has also been done successfully in India without any hitch what makes Kenya to be an exemption?” said Odinga.
CORD says what Jubilee is altering a law that was fashioned by many professionals including foreigners and the church who sat down and drafted the law and therefore no one side can claim to change the same law without having to use the same channel to address any amendments if ther has to be.Odinga therefore urged Kenyans to come out in large numbers and participate in the mass action on January 4 to call for an end to any attempt to change the election laws.He also said the mass action shall be peaceful and nothing shall be destroyed as Kenyans will be exercising their democratic rights.