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Owalo: Raila won 2013 polls by a margin of 1.6M votes

18 May 2015, 14:47 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s aide has claimed that the former PM won the 2013 presidential election by a margin of over 1.6 million votes but he was rigged out.

Eliud Owalo, who headed Raila's presidential campaign in the 2013 elections and has declared an interest in Kibra Constituency Parliamentary seat come 2017, said the presidential votes were rigged in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“The most realistic way of averting a repeat of rigging during the next polls is to ensure the opposition beats Uhuru Kenyatta by a bigger margin than that of the year 2002 when he was retired President Moi's preferred candidate and performed dismally against the NARC Coalition,” he said.

This, he said is only possible through massive voter registration and an elaborate vote protection machinery.

Also read: Owalo declares interest in Kibra parliamentary seat come 2017

“With concerted efforts, the CORD Coalition has the capacity to register a minimum of 12 million voters within its strongholds out of an estimated envisaged total of about 18.5 million voters to enable the CORD Coalition defeat Jubilee in the first round of the 2017 presidential race by garnering a minimum of 65% of the total presidential votes cast,” he said.

He urged all opposition political leaders at all levels to allocate resources to facilitate and spearhead the ID acquisition and voter registration exercise , emphasing that the same should be treated as a stand-alone project that is imperative to the political success of the CORD Coalition in 2017.

He went ahead to warn Jubilee of unspecified consequences should it attempt to rig the 2017 poll.

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