Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24 Kenya. The stories here come from users.

Latest Badges:

View all Samuel Arap Yego's badges.

REVEALED: How feud between Raila and Hassan led to IEBC exit

04 August 2016, 11:44 Samuel Arap Yego

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.

Read Also: Angry Sonko reveals how NIS was used in 2013 presidential election

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.

- MyNews24

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Mudavadi given permission to join...

Musalia Mudavadi has been ghranted permission by his party to join the CORD Coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
EACC officers raid Deputy Governo...

EACC officers raided the home of a Deputy Governor as theft case continues in court. Read more...