Cord leader Raila Odinga has vowed to boycott next year’s elections if the electoral commission is not reconstituted, even as 11 envoys urged dialogue. “We need to address factors that may lead us to a state of violence that we witnessed in 2008. We will not go into the gallows.
If the electoral commission is not properly reformed, there would definitely be no reason for us to participate in the coming elections,” Raila told Al Jazeera’s TV in an interview. The ODM leader spoke even as the ruling Jubilee coalition and the Opposition’s Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) welcomed the proposal by the envoys in Nairobi for talks for electoral reforms ahead of the next General Election. But the rival coalitions clashed bitterly over the agenda of those talks.
Jubilee wants the talks to deal with electoral reforms, agree on pending issues ahead of the next election, but not the removal of the commissioners.CORD, on the other hand, has in its agenda the removal of the commissioners named in the multi-million procurement scandal of ballot papers, for which the givers of the bribe have been jailed in the UK.
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