The electoral law changes fronted by Jubilee directly remove the lacuna cited by Supreme Court in nullifying the August 8 polls, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
President Kenyatta said the changes to the electoral law will guarantee transparency by curbing any form of malpractices.
The President also said an election was about, and belonged to the Kenyan people and not the candidates.
“There is no way that the Government will allow any person to block any voter from exercising their right to choose the leader or leaders of their choice,” the President said.
President Kenyatta, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, spoke in Busia town on Friday where he formally received to Jubilee Paul Utuoma, the former MP who narrowly lost in the Busia gubernatorial elections and other opposition leaders from the county.
The President thanked Busia residents for voting for him in the August 8 polls and urged them to turn out in large numbers to enable him win with a bigger margin in the October 26 fresh presidential election.
In the August 8 polls, President Kenyatta garnered 35,000 votes while in 2013 he only got 8,000 votes.
President Kenyatta assured the residents that voting for him will safeguard the development that he has initiated in the county in the last five years and open more projects.
Deputy President Ruto said the opposition was not ready for elections because it has already sensed defeat.
He said Mr Raila Odinga was now thriving in chaotic situations to get into power through the backdoor, saying Kenyans will not allow that to happen.
“Our friends in the opposition are not interested in elections because they have no votes. They have already sensed defeat and that’s why they are looking for ways of getting to power through the backdoor,” said the DP.
“They have resorted to engage in demonstrations with the aim of causing chaos and bloodshed with the hope of making the country ungovernable so that they can negotiate for a ‘nusu mkate’ government. But that will not happen,” the Deputy President added.
He told Mr Odinga to stop misleading Kenyans that elections would not take place in October 26, the date set by IEBC, saying no one has powers to interfere with any election in the country.
“I want to tell Mr Odinga that if President Uhuru Kenyatta who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces can’t stop elections in this country, who is he to tell us that he will stop the October 26 elections?’ asked Mr Ruto.
“Kenyans will go to polls in October 26 whether Mr Odinga participates or not. It is only Kenyans who can stop any election in this country,” added the DP.
He said Jubilee was ready for the fresh presidential elections as directed by the Supreme Court, urging voters in Busia County to turn out in large numbers and support the reelection of President Kenyatta.
November 17, 2018 In Latest News
ADDIS ABABA, 17 NOVEMBER 2018, (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyat