Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Sunday, February 5, rooted for the scrapping of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The former Prime Minister proposed the adoption of a county-based, regional arrangement akin to the United States style.
“There is always the question of centralization of the election. Do we need one electoral body to manage our elections or should elections state regions or counties as in the case of the United States? My answer is yes,” Raila said during an engagement with Kibra residents.
The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga insisted that the electoral body rigged him out of the 2022 presidential election and that he was rooting for reforms that would guarantee a free and fair election.
But speaking during a stopover in Ruai on Sunday, February 5, Kenya’s President William Ruto objected to Raila’s proposal to the amendment of the electoral body.
He said the move does not aim at improving free and fair elections adding that it was aimed at helping Raila to manipulate the outcome of an election in his favor.
The Head of State told Raila that he was wasting his time adding that IEBC does not elect anyone but Kenyans do.
“I heard them say they want elections transferred to counties and break down IEBC. I want to tell them, you are wasting your time. IEBC does not elect anyone, it’s Kenyans who do,” the president said.
During the public engagement forum at the Kamukunji stadium in Kibra last week, Odinga wanted the IEBC offices in Nairobi to only handle tallying the results submitted by the county offices.
“We want each county to have its own electoral commission so that after they tally, the results are sent to the Nairobi office for the national tally,” Raila suggested.