NASA pressure shouldn’t faze you, West Pokot leaders tell IEBC

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West Pokot Jubilee leaders led by Governor Simon Kachapin
West Pokot Jubilee leaders led by Governor Simon Kachapin

Jubilee leaders from West Pokot County have urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) not to pay attention to pressure and criticism from NASA concerning August polls.

The leaders led by West Pokot governor Simon Kachapin and Pokot South MP David Pkossing the leaders said that the opposition is not ready for August polls that’s why they are shifting blame.

They asked the opposition to stop saying that IEBC is not ready to conduct the coming polls since they are the ones hindering the commission from implementing its duties.

Pokot South legislature stressed that NASA is not ready for elections since they have not come up with their preferred presidential candidate and running mate.

“The house is in a total mess. There are in-house conflicts on power sharing. We shall not accept as Jubilee party for the election date to be postponed. Kenyans are ready for the elections,” he said.

He asked the opposition to give IEBC enough time to carry out its duties and ensure the coming polls are conducted on the stipulated date.

“We are ready for the elections with or without NASA. Kenyans should not listen to the opposition,” he said.

Kachapin asked the opposition to declare their stand about the coming elections instead of propagating false information about IEBC.

He said it was wrong for the opposition to propagate false information about the commission and yet they participated fully in the process of electing new commissioners.

Last week, NASA co-principals claimed the 2017 General Election could be affected due to lack of adequate preparations by IEBC. The leaders have been accusing IEBC of lack of transparency in managing the election preparation, arguing that issues raised in a letter they wrote to the commission were largely ignored.

The leaders were speaking in Kapenguria when they met with Jubilee grass root leaders to strategize on how they will defeat KANU in the county.