COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has insisted that postponing the 2022 General Election is still a possibility and hit out at those thinking the date cannot be changed.
According to Atwoli, the polls can still be changed from the August 9 date set in law and confirmed recently by the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission by IEBC.
This, he says, will give room for a referendum should the Court of Appeal judges rule in favour of the proponent of the Building Bridges Initiative
“The constitution is a guiding document, that guides Kenyans, but there are other things that can happen which are beyond this constitution. I hear some stupid(sic) politicians saying that elections cant be postponed. They are people who do not know what they are talking about,” he said in an address to journalists at the Coast of Kenya.
The COTU boss said that postponing the 2022 General Election and passing BBI could work in favour of many politicians who are currently opposed to it.
“Some politicians can only be safe after BBI goes through. Particularly in western Kenya, those MPs and those vying can only have access to leadership if BBI goes through,” he said.
He defended the constitution amendment bill, saying that it has more solutions than problems, hence important than the election timeliness.
“They think when I say like that am afraid of Kenyan elections or I think that the candidate am favoring might not win. It is not like that. I am just trying to explain to Kenyans that there are calamities, issues that are more important than the elections,
“BBI is not for nothing, it was meant to cement Kenyans after elections, to bring peace after elections,” Atwoli added.
Atwoli insistence on postponing the 2022 General Election comes just days after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced the date of the polls.
If IEBC’s decision is to go by, then the elections pose a big threat to the Building Bridges Initiative.
After hearing an appeal on the nullification of BBI, a 7-judge bench concluded that the ruling will be made public on August 20, 2021.
Should the Court of Appeal rule in favour of BBI proponents the country shall be forced to hold a referendum and a General Eelction in less than 13 months since the date for a general Election is anchored in law.