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Polls team sets December 17, 2012 as alternative date

Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2012

The electoral team has set December 17 as an alternative date if it is forced by any arm of government to reverse its decision to hold the General Election on March 4, 2013.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission acting chief executive officer James Oswago yesterday challenged the Executive, the Judiciary and Parliament to set the election date in law to deal with the ambiguity that has been created by the Constitution and the court.

He, however, revealed that the commission had an “election operation plan“ that could see the polls being held on December 17.

“The chairman already said that we are ready to abide by any ruling that will come from the Court of Appeal that says that we set a different date. Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary should put their heads together and give us a clear date and we will abide by it,“ Mr Oswago said during a talk show on Capital FM.

On Saturday, chairman Issack Hassan said that they would change the date if the Court of Appeal does not uphold theConstitutional   Courtrul ing, on which they set the date that has been received opposition and support in equal measure.

“We can reverse this date if we are given the right direction. If we are asked to pick an election date in December, we can do it,” Mr Oswago said.

He said they decided on the March date because as far as the commission was concerned, the ruling by the Constitutional court had not been stayed or reversed.

His comments came as Prime Minister Raila Odinga took issue with the March 2013 date.

Mr Odinga told an ODM delegates meeting in Kisii that the Cabinet had settled on December 17 for the polls.

He criticised the March date announced by IEBC saying that it was against the Constitution since sitting MPs would eat into the time of the next Parliament by seven months.

“If elections are held in March, the next Parliament will only have four years and five months in Parliament,” Mr Odinga told the delegates from Kisii and Nyamira counties.

Source: DAILY NATION

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