Why NASA Postponed Their Announcement

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(Last Updated On: August 16, 2017)

Many people were eager to hear from opposition party the National Super Alliance, NASA, at 2pm on Tuesday 15th August 2017 in Kibera. Various speculation has arisen as to the reason why the speech was postnponed. The opposition leaders led by Raila Odinga were in a day-long meeting with their technical teams that are verifying data from the IEBC against their own data.

A delay by the electoral commission to provide all requested documents to facilitate verification of the presidential results reportedly prompted Opposition leaders to postpone their briefing yesterday.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was unable to immediately furnish the National Super Alliance (NASA) with all the forms 34A that detail tallied results from each polling station, instead only committing to provide forms 34B that aggregate tallies at constituency level. IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba reportedly stated in a letter responding to NASA’s request;

“The commission is in a position to provide all the requested forms 34B immediately. We are, however, not able to provide all forms 34A at the moment but the same shall be availed to you as soon as possible,”

Sources privy to the NASA meeting told the newspaper yesterday that they had also received more damning information.

The alleged electoral fraud reportedly included handwritten results on plain paper retrieved from the IEBC public portal for Mandera South ward, Elwak South polling centre and Bulla Dadacha polling station.

“The winner announced by the IEBC in the presidential election is a computer-generated president. We are gathering all evidence to back our claims and present to Kenyans water-tight proof that the elections were a sham,” said an insider privy to the discussions.

Another source indicated:

“We are not in a hurry to make the big announcement just for the sake of it. We want Kenyans to know the truth and how their votes didn’t count in the final tally.”

According to the sources, the NASA summit also deliberated over the ongoing crackdown on non-government organisations critical of the election outcome.

Although NASA leaders have insisted they will not file an election petition at the Supreme Court, reports indicated one was to be filed through proxy, possible by a civil society group.

By yesterday evening, the NASA summit was still locked up in deliberations on the way forward for its principals.

Sources also suggested Raila could open channels for private talks with the Government following reports that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s emissaries saw him on Friday night.

Courtesy of SDE Digital.

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