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Kenyan opposition says its demands have not been met

JOHANNESBURG, October 4 – Protests by Kenya’s opposition party, and its supporters, are set to continue on Thursday after the National Super Alliance (Nasa) party said it was not satisfied with preparations for the repeat presidential election because its demands had not been met, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported on Tuesday.

Following a meeting with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Nasa representatives expressed frustration and accused the commission of planning to hold an election that would not adhere to the law.

“The measures they are taking are half-hearted and they are not addressing the mischief that the Supreme Court identified,” said Siaya Senator James Orengo.

While the opposition has stated adamantly that it will not take part in the election rerun, scheduled for October 26, unless it is satisfied with reforms carried out by the electoral commission, the ruling Jubilee party said it was happy with the IEBC preparations following its meeting with them.

Wafula Chebukati, the IEBC chairman, who chaired the meetings, also said the meetings had gone well and downplayed any doubts at insufficient electoral reforms being implemented.

He added that the commission had not put in writing what it had done to address concerns over electoral reform.
However, he did say that the IEBC would publicise its contract with OT-Morpho, the French firm which provided the technology for identifying voters and transmitting results.

The electoral commission is also going ahead with training of officers who will handle the election.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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