Deliver a credible election or risk plunging the country into turmoil, Sultan

The Sultan of the Aulyan clan in Garissa county Hamud Sheikh Mohamed Monday appealed to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ensure it delivers a credible election that is free, fair and transparent during the August 8 polls.

Addressing the press in Garissa town, Sheikh Mohammed said that the IEBC risked plunging the country into turmoil if they bungle the electoral process.

Sheikh Mohammed said that the electoral body is an independent organ which was mandated by the constitution to carry out an election that Kenyans will have faith in and have no choice but to ensure a free, fair and transparent political competition.

They are independent to be fair to the people of Kenya by ensuring that the polls are above board, he said adding that the IEBC has a choice to save the country from election related turmoil.

Sheikh Mohammed said the IEBC should maintain high standards of integrity if it wants to win the heart and mind of the electorate.

The officials should desist from being financially compromised by those with financial might to buy their way into power. Don’t accept any bribe from any quarter if you want to be fair, he said

He said there are indications of heightened tension in areas where competition is stiff between strong candidates.

The sultan said that no one expected that the post election violence of 2007 and 2008 could have taken place leave alone the magnitude it took.

He urged Kenyans to be wary of aspirants who have no agenda for them but are out to use them to cause violence for their own selfish gains.

According the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) 33 out 47 counties have been identified as possible post-election violence hotspots Garissa being among them.

Source: Kenya News Agency