Mudavadi: Bungling Bungoma poll will be costly
22 November 2013, 13:04
Bungoma - With the eagerly-anticipated Bungoma by-election weeks away, Amani Party leader, Musalia Mudavadi, called on the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct a credible poll.
The polls are scheduled for mid- December, months after initial polls in March were characterized by irregularities blamed on the electoral body.
“A bungled election is costly for the country and the commission ought to conduct free and fair elections. It is costly to the nation when an election is not conducted as it should be conducted. So, we are strongly saying that we do not want a repeat of the miscarriage of the democratic right of the people of Bungoma,” Mudavadi said.
The Bungoma by-elections have been slated for December 19.
The race for the seat intensified this week with renowned journalist and a political analyst David Makali joining the fray.
Other candidates vying for the post include former cabinet minister, Musikari Kombo, former Bumula Member of Parliament, Bifwoli Wakoli, as well as the Ford Kenya leader, Moses Wetang’ula.
The Bungoma seat is the only Senate seat that fell vacant in March after the courts nullified 19 county and constituency seats after successful petitions.
This followed abnormalities blamed on IEBC.
IEBC officials have expressed readiness to conduct a poll whose results would not be disputed.
– CAJ News