Raila is wrong, President will accept poll result

State House yesterday dismissed NASA presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga’s claims that President Uhuru Kenyatta plans to reject the election results.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said in a statement the “groundless claims” amount to an “inciteful and reckless conspiracy” to jeopardise public faith in a democratic process.

The President has on a number of occasions said he will accept the will of the people on August 8.

“We find allegations by his opponents to be mischievous, baseless and absolutely laughable,” Esipisu said.

On Tuesday, Raila said Uhuru was planning to reject election results as he was certain he was going to lose.

“Having had the experience of two very tainted elections, we are fully prepared to protect our vote and avoid electoral theft,” he said at a press conference in Nairobi.

Esipisu, however, challenged Raila to declare that he would accept the voters’ decision at the ballot and commit to ensuring the election is held on August 8 under a secure environment.

He said assertions by the opposition that there is a strategy to manipulate the election are an attempt to derail poll preparations.

“It should be noted that they have so far filed more than 30 cases in our courts of law, which we believe to be frivolous and without merit,” the spokesman said.

The unending court cases aim at influencing, dictating and even stopping the election, he added.

Esipisu said attacks on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission are intended to dent public confidence in a democratic system mandated to deliver credible elections.

He cited demands by NASA that it should be included in the ballot paper procurement committee as another of its moves to undermine the independence of the IEBC.

“Common sense dictates that there is no bigger interference with the independence of the IEBC than that of dictating how, when and where they run their affairs,” Esipisu said.

“Those who call themselves architects of democracy in our country would be expected to understand this.”

A five-judge bench is today expected to make a decision on the IEBC’s appeal against an earlier ruling that the commission should involve public participation in the fresh tendering process for printing of presidential ballot papers.

NASA also filed a cross-appeal on Wednesday, as it wants the court to reverse some judgments it made last Friday, when it cancelled the tender to print presidential ballot papers.

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