The National Super Alliance (NASA) chief Raila Odinga has said that the contentious presidential ballot papers may have been printed before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) were given the green light by the Supreme Court to proceed with printing.
Addressing journalists on Friday, July 28, Raila said Nasa will not accept a situation where the August polls, which are 10 days away, are rigged. He threatened to boycott the polls.
“We suspect the ballot papers have already been printed. They are under special transit goods that are to be transported from greenhouses which are already in the country,” he told the media.
“The goods will be transported to certain regions which will be cordoned off as no-go zones by military personnel who are to be deployed.” He claimed.
Raila who is seeking presidency in the forthcoming polls after three previous failed attempts, noted that the idea of asking parties to send agents to Dubai was a “total hogwash”.
“…the ballot papers are already here. We are going to copy this letter to the IEBC. You can see the reason why there was insistence that Al Ghurair must print the papers.” He said
The Opposition presidential candidate said they will not go to the election until they are sure the process will be free, fair, and credible.
“…we will not go into elections until we get information that the process is democratic. We don’t want ghost voters. This is not negotiable at all.” He added.
On Thursday, July 20, the appellate court allowed the Dubai-based Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Llc., to proceed with the printing of presidential ballot papers.
A five-judge bench reversed a ruling by the High Court that had seen termination of the contract awarded to the Dubai-based firm.