Kenya Muslim clerics: Polls team should be changed ahead of by-elections

The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya secretary-general Sheikh Mohammed Dor said the changes should be effected before June 11, the date for by-elections in five constituencies and 52 wards.

Kenya Muslim clerics: Polls team should be changed ahead of by-elections
Muslim clerics want the Electoral Commission of Kenya disbanded and a new one constituted, Daily Nation said.

On Monday, they said the Samuel Kivuitu-led team should not preside over the forthcoming by-elections.

The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya secretary-general Sheikh Mohammed Dor said the changes should be effected before June 11, the date for by-elections in five constituencies and 52 wards.

"The Government should abolish the electoral commission to ensure free and fair elections. Kenyans cannot forget so easily that it was the same commission, through its actions, that resulted in the mayhem that left over 1,200 people dead and at least 300,000 displaced," said Sheikh Dor.

He said Kenyans should refuse to go into the by-elections under the commission, "which proved incompetent" during the last General Election. He was addressing the Press in Mombasa.

Centre invaded

"All the reports from the European Union, East African Community and other independent bodies indicated that ECK did not perform according to international standards. We are asking Kenyans in those particular constituencies to avoid participating in the by-elections until the body is reconstituted," said Sheikh Dor, who is also an ODM-nominated MP.

On Friday, the ECK announced the date for the five parliamentary by-elections in Wajir North, Embakasi, Kilgoris, Ainamoi and Emuhaya constituencies.

Results for Wajir North and Kilgoris were nullified by the ECK. In Wajir North, ODM and PNU candidates tied while in Kilgoris, the public invaded the poll centre and destroyed election materials.

By-elections in Embakasi and Ainamoi will be held to find replacements for MPs Melitus Were and Kimutai Too, who were shot dead soon after being sworn in. In Emuhaya, the voters will replace Mr Kenneth Marende, who was elected Speaker of the 10th Parliament.

Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2008, 09:06
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