Poll Rigging Claim Is Bad For Our Image As A Country- Experts Warn

Sabina Chege was interviewed for the DP slot

A section of the political class has in the recent past, expressed fears that the elections would be subjected to some form of rigging to push through one of the leading presidential aspirants

By The Weekly Vision Online

Kenya’s election body The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is busy preparing for the country’s 5th elections since independence, the elections will be held on the 9th August 2020.

A section of the political class has in the recent past, expressed fears that the elections would be subjected to some form of rigging to push through one of the leading presidential aspirants. This fear emanates from utterances made at a political rally in western Kenya last week by Muranga County Senator Sabina Chege to the effect that the elections would be “stolen as it happened in

2017″ political commentators now say the utterances by the senator were too weighty to be dismissed offhand and need further ventilation and appropriate action is taken. One analyst said “the rigging claims” threaten public peace and order saying a section of the political divide was chest-thumping about winning through the “back door”! Even before votes have been cast in the election that is still 5 months away! “IEBC should assure Kenyans of credible, free, fair and verifiable elections in August,” he said.

Deputy President William Ruto has warned that a majority of Kenyans would not accept the results of ” a compromised election” saying attempts to steal or interfere with the will of the people would be resisted

He added that there were disturbing claims about one of the factions making assertions that it would set up a parallel tallying centre to count votes and transmit despite a new election law seeking to ban Live streaming by media houses. He said such claims poured “cold water” at the efforts by the IEBC to register new voters, some of whom stayed away arguing it was pointless voting when results are already “per-determined”.

Sabina Chege who has since been summoned by IEBC to shed light on the claims denied any wrongdoing through her lawyer Senator James Orengo. During the 2017 presidential Supreme Court petition, Mr Orengo was the lead lawyer for the NASA coalition and their presidential candidate Raila Odinga, he argued then that the election had been “stolen” through compromised computer software.

Deputy President William Ruto has warned that a majority of Kenyans would not accept the results of ” a compromised election” saying attempts to steal or interfere with the will of the people would be resisted. Ruto claims his main competitor in the poll Raila Odinga had sensed defeat and has resorted to underhand deals. There are claims that the constant power blackouts that have of late gripped the country are one way of preparing for failed electronic transmissions, to allow for the manual vote count and transmission, a system that is easy to tamper with.”

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