Trade unions ask IEBC to call off election over security

A group of trade unions and civil society organisations has asked the electoral commission to call of the repeat presidential election scheduled for October 26.

In a press briefing in Nairobi on Monday, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Chairman Ouma Oluga said the country is bleeding and there is evidence of communities arming themselves for war.

SAFETY

“We fear for the safety and lives of election staff who will manage the polling stations and voters who may turn up, should the election go ahead,” he said.

The group has also asked Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati to seek the guidance of the Supreme Court to enable the institution to prepare a free and fair election.

They said the printing of ballot boxes does not allow the country to go into a manipulated election.

SECURITY

They asked security forces to uphold the constitutional right to freedom of assembly and cease acts of brutality.

The group, under the umbrella ‘We the people’, said security officers deployed to demonstrations demanding reforms have caused scores of death and injuries.

Putting off the October 26 will not result in a constitutional crisis, they said.

Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Nairobi branch executive secretary Moses Mbora said the IEBC cannot deliver a free, fair and credible election on Thursday.

Postponement of vote over issues such as peace or natural disaster is allowed.

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