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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,11TH OCT 2017-The National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters on Wednesday returned to the streets with demonstrations to push for reforms at the electoral commission after their candidate withdrew from repeat presidential election.
Demonstrations were witnessed in Nairobi, Kisumu and Homa Bay counties on Wednesday morning.In Nairobi they first gathered at the Uhuru park and received instructions from various leaders among them Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho In Nairobi, Senators James Orengo, Janet Ongera, MPs Simba Arati, Ken Okoth, Babu Owino before taking to the streets.
The demonstrations comes a day after their leaders called for countrywide protests starting next week when it shall be held throughout the week.
In Kisumu, Governor Anyang Nyong’o joined in as protesters marched to the IEBC offices.
Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o used the occasion to say IEBC now has adequate time to conduct the required reforms in the commission to allow for a credible election following the withdrawal of Nasa Candidate Raila Odinga from the race.
The governor who Addressed hundreds of demonstrators at IEBC’s offices in Kisumu, said the people of Kisumu are in solidarity with Raila and Kalonzo’s decision to pull out of the race.
He said the commission had complained of lack of adequate time to make the changes and following the withdrawal of NASA from the race, there is now enough time to make the changes.
“IEBC’s Chairman complained that they did not have enough time to make the changes. We expect them to conduct fresh election after 90days and this now gives them adequate time to make the necessary changes to conduct credible election,” said governor Nyong’o.
The governor was accompanied by his deputy Dr Mathew Owili, former deputy governor Ruth Odinga, Kisumu ODM party Chairman Ayiech Olweny and a number of MCAs.