By Standard Team
The controversy over the cancellation of the electronic voting kit tender dominated the campaigns of several presidential aspirants over the weekend.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga, back on the road after a two-week absence, assured his constituents in Langata that the Government would do its best to ensure the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) adopts electronic voter registration instead of manual voting. President Kibaki and the PM are set to meet top IEBC officials today at Harambee House over the matter.
And speaking in Meru County last evening, Eldoret North MP William Ruto at a rally of his United Republican Part (URP), also asked the IEBC to conduct go for biometric voter registration (BVR) to avoid past election pitfalls.
Ruto called on Kenyans to put aside personal and party interests and unite to ensure a peaceful general election, and urged voters in Meru County to choose leaders capable of fulfilling their pre-election promises.
Adding his voice to the call for IEBC to reconsider its decision to go back to manual registration, Trade Minister and presidential aspirant Moses Wetangula said Kenya couldn’t afford another disaster as it is yet to heal from the effects of post-election violence blamed on manual voting.?
Wetangula, who is the Ford Kenya party leader, was speaking in Kisauni, Mombasa Count. He said there is no better alternative to the biometric voter registration system because it is real time.?
Raila, in an apparent reference to Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi’s departure from ODM a few months ago, said the move did not affect the party’s popularity in the country.
Speaking in his Langata stronghold of Kibera, Raila asked ODM supporters to remain behind the party as they work together to deliver victory in the coming elections.
“Those who left ODM went alone and their departure was of no consequence because the party still enjoys a lot of goodwill and support,” said Raila.
Mudavadi, who also held meetings in Nairobi, asked Kenyans to use the next seven months to seriously think about the kind of leadership they want for the country.