CORD Cancels Anti-IEBC Protests Scheduled for Thursday

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On Wednesday, Cord announced that they were calling off the demonstrations that were meant to take place on Thursday to give room to the talks on electoral reforms.

They said that deliberations between all the parties concerned are progressing impressively.

James Orengo, Siaya Senator and Eseli Simiyu, Tongaren MP said that if an agreement is not reached by Friday, the protests will resume on Monday. They also said that they would consider protesting in the streets if the opposition MPs are not released. They said that holding the MPs is “detention without trial” and if the persecution against the opposition does not stop, they would be forced to protest in the street.
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Dr.Eseli said that there are a lot of issues that have been discussed but he did not mention on specific topics that were being discussed. He however said that the calling off of the protests was meant to create conducive environment for the remaining issues to be concluded in the talks.

“We reiterate once more that as Cord, we hold no cards under the table. Our objective is limited to resolving the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) crisis and ensuring free and fair elections in 2017,” he added.




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