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NASA anti-IEBC protesters make dramatic entry into CBD (Video)

By Waweru Titus | Published Fri, October 6th 2017 at 12:30, Updated October 6th 2017 at 13:48 GMT +3

Opposition protests to remove top officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of the fresh presidential poll have resumed in different parts of the country.

NASA accuses the officials of bungling the August 8 presidential election in favour the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Its petition in the Supreme Court resulted in the annulment of the election with the court ordering on, September 1, a fresh one to be held  within 60 days.

Business was on Friday disrupted in Mombasa, Kisumu, Kakamega, Siaya and Homa Bay counties when the twice-a-week demos resumed.

In Nairobi, National Super Alliance (NASA) protesters made a dramatic entry into the CBD as they marched to the commission’s offices.   

Fists clenched and dressed in different colours, Opposition supporters led by Kisumu Woman Representative, Rosa Buyu, marched defiantly raising their hands chanting National Super Alliance slogans to the IEBC headquarters at Anniversary Towers, Nairobi.

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“We have a right to demonstrate peacefully, we want peaceful elections, we need reforms,” shouted Rosa Buyu.

NASA reiterated on Wednesday that there would be no presidential repeat election until IEBC meets its demands.

Speaking after a meeting with IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and his team, Siaya Senator James Orengo said the electoral body had not met NASA’s irreducible minimums.

Orengo asked IEBC to address the Opposition’s concerns so that the fresh election can take place as scheduled.

“The Supreme Court didn't’t rule that elections must be held on 26th. We insist our irreducible minimums must be met for purposes of having an election, and in accordance with the Constitution.

“The best that has happened is that we will have another meeting and expect Commission will respond substantially to issues raised. If we go the route set out by Commission, elections will be held within 60 days but it will not be held in accordance with the law,” Orengo pointed out.

On his part, Deputy President William Ruto insists that the Jubilee Party has no conditions and is ready to battle it out with Opposition leader Raila Odinga for the presidency.

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