IEBC plans to rig Homa Bay by-election, claims Kalonzo
03 February 2015, 08:14
Homa Bay - CORD co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka has claimed that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) plans to rig the Homa Bay Senatorial by-election in favour of a certain candidate on 12 February.
Kalonzo and a team of CORD leaders who were campaigning for ODM candidate Moses Kajwang' in Rangwe and Ndhiwa Sub Counties on Sunday said he was privy to credible information about the planned rigging.
He reiterated that the current IEBC should be disbanded ahead of 2017 elections adding that CORD will not participate in any future national election overseen by the electoral body.
“I warn IEBC that their plans to rig this by-election will be resisted by the people of Homa Bay. We in CORD will not accept any stolen victory,” Musyoka said.
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According to Kalonzo, the planned rigging of the Homa Bay by-election is a rehearsal for the rigging of the next general elections.
Kalonzo who was accompanied by MPs, Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay town), Omondi Anyanga (Nyatike) and nominated senator Elizabeth Ongoro demanded that a list of all the election officials be made public for the sake of transparency in the exercise.
“All CORD affiliate parties fielded Moses as their sole candidate and therefore no other contestant should claim to be a member of CORD family” said Kalonzo.
He urged the voters to turn up in large numbers and elect the ODM candidate arguing that a win for Moses is an endorsement of Raila’s leadership.
They said that disciplinary action will be taken against the rebel MPs after the by-election.
“A vote for Kajwang’ is a vote for Raila in the 2017 election because our political future will be determined by the outcome of this by-election,” Anyanga said.
Also in the campaign trail were County Women Representatives Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Rose Nyamunga (Kisumu) and Christine Ombaka (Siaya), Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti and Homa Bay County Assembly Speaker Samuel Ochilo who urged the electorates to vote wisely to ensure Homa Bay remains united.
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