Safina party presidential candidate Jimi Wanjigi has questioned the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) ability to conduct credible elections on August 9th.
Wanjigi says the nullification of the 2017 presidential election raises questions about IEBC’s ability to deliver free, fair, and credible elections, adding that the commission never bothered to carry out a comprehensive audit to explain to the Kenyans how the last election was compromised.
“The supreme court nullified the presidential election based on evidence that there was massive tampering with the results. The polls body has never done an audit to tell Kenyans what happened, yet they are the ones who are being trusted to conduct fair elections this year,” Wanjigi said in Voi, Taita Taveta County on Sunday.
The businessman-cum-politician further stated that the Wafula Chebukati-led commission failed to comply with the Supreme Court’s directive to open the elections’ servers to enhance transparency.
“Let them [IEBC) know that this is 2022. Any attempt to take our votes away will be impossible,” he warned.
Wanjigi, who describes himself as an alternative candidate for the youth and marginalized, also cautioned the media against propagating the notion that the upcoming presidential election is a two-horse race between ODM leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto.
“The projection of this election as a contest between two horses is rubbish! The 2022 polls should be on the question of the economy. The contest should be framed as being between candidates on who has the best ideas to rescue the economy from the looming catastrophe,” he said.
“These [Odinga and Ruto] are the same people who put us in this mess. You cannot expect them to have solutions to whatever is ailing the economy.”