Credibility question linger on repeat poll as ELOG says it cant ascertain its fairness

Credibility question linger on repeat poll as ELOG says it cant ascertain its fairness

BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI, 1ST NOV 2017-Just days after the repeat presidential poll was conducted  in the country the Election Observation Group (Elog)  has revealed that it  cannot  ascertain whether the October 26 repeat presidential election was free, fair and credible.

The body however  noted that the absence of party agents in polling stations, save for Jubilee Party’s, as well as absence of observers may have compromised the outcome of the poll.

It says  that the repeat election may not have been conducted in line with the Supreme Court order that it be done in strict adherence to the Constitution and applicable laws.

Acording to Elog  some forms used in the election were tampered while others were not signed but remained mum on whether President Kenyatta’s re-election is legitimate.

Through its chair Regina Opondo the  observers have blamed  Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s for the manner it prepared  for the  exercise .

The voter register, they said, is faulty and IEBC violated the law by failing to publish the list on time.

IEBC published the register a day to election.

“IEBC never cleaned its register despite KPMG recommendations,” Ms Regina Opondo, the Elog chairperson, told journalists in Nairobi.

They called on Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to investigate those behind the alleged poll irregularities.

re disenfranchised in areas where voting failed to take place.

The election did not take place in  26 constituencies, mainly in Nyanza,  due to security fears sparked by anti-poll demos.

 

The observers called for dialogue as the way forward in addressing the current political crisis

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