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Election date, a betrayal!

19 March 2012, 10:39 Dennis Omido Ochande

The President, Prime Minister, Judiciary and Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) have betrayed the 66% Kenyans who voted in favor of the New Constitution.

The chairman of IEBC, Mr. Issack Hassan announced that the commission had decided to hold the next general election on 4th March

2013 was a mock to those who woke up early on 4th August 2010 to vote during the referendum and were even rained on at Uhuru Park during the promulgation ceremony on 27 August 2010.

The two principles have severally failed to agree on a number of issues that are of public interest forcing other parties to come in.

Failure to agree in writing to dissolve the coalition government allowing Kenyans to exercise their democratic right means that Chungwa Moja will still give Maisha Bora to the IDPs na Kazi Itaendelea when they are still in the camps. Their money will be used to heavily pay those who are angry for power for several months before the set date for the elections. Come the campaign period, they will be sweet talked and be promised a heaven on earth not knowing that they are being lured to voting the same power hungry leaders.

The relationship between the Judiciary and the Executive is thought of being independent theoretically, but not practically. The Judiciary, an arm of government formed and given powers by the constitution failed to give a way forward; instead, it gave options and sat back.

The same constitution forms and gives powers to IEBC but it was unable to make an independent decision as stated in the constitution, it followed the option of the court that was supported by the President.

IEBC had repeatedly said that it was ready to hold elections anytime in December, but it decided to choose March saying that there were some issues that had to be considered like voter registration and the political parties to abide by the required rules. When they were talking of the December elections, were these processes considered or not?

It looks like Mr. Hassan only announced that Kenyans had voted in the new constitution but he did not read what it contained. Had he read and understood it from its drafting by the Committee of Experts to date, he could not have announced March 2013 as the election date.

He stated that a number of people were consulted, including writing to the two principles to dissolve the coalition, was a common mwananchi consulted or represented by anyone during the alleged consultations, if yes, was her voice heard?



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