REVEALED: How feud between Raila and Hassan led to IEBC exit
04 August 2016, 11:44
Nairobi - The friction between officials of the electoral body and the opposition led by CORD leader Raila Odinga begun right after the last general election.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, Issack Hassan who Wednesday agreed to lead other commissioners from office, has borne the brunt of the war between the polls body and the opposition.
It hasn't been a smooth ride for Hassan, whose woes started on March 9, 2013 when he officially declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner in the presidential elections with 6,173,433 votes against Raila's 5,340,546 votes.
Immediately the IEBC boss made the announcement, the opposition denounced the results pointing an accusing finger at him for denying Raila victory, in an election which the Cord chief and his supporters believe he won.
Mr Hassan would come under sharp criticism when, while responding to a petition filed by Raila at the supreme court, described Raila as perennial loser, pointing out that in 1997, 2007 and in 2013, the ODM party leader petitioner has never conceded or accepted the will of the people as expressed in the outcome of those elections.
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The duo would clash again, a year after launch of the Okoa Kenya signatures campaign in April 2016, when the polls body officials allegedly ignored opposition leaders who had visited the IEBC offices to inquire why the commission rejected some signatures.
Hassan and his team drew the ire of the coalition after they later threw out the signatures, marking the beginning of the onslaught against the commission, with CORD leaders repeatedly stating that the commission cannot conduct credible elections as it is currently constituted.
In May 2016, things got worse after Hassan, who was under siege from Raila and his team, threatened to lock out CORD leaders from the 2017 General Election if they persisted in intimidating the commission.
"We will bar them from participating in the election if they persist on intimidating the commission against the law. We will bar them," said Hassan.
Shortly thereafter, CORD announced the start of weekly anti-IEBC protests – every Monday – in their bid to force IEBC commissioners out of office. The stalemate culminated into the formation of the joint parliamentary select committee on IEBC which eventually negotiated for the exit of the commissioners.
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