CORD leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka met earlier today over what sources believe is to strategize how to reinvigorate the Okoa Kenya campaigns.
The two leaders met at the CORD Secretariat for hours this afternoon, and hosted several church leaders who also presented their proposals to be included in the Referendum Bill.
CORD has unveiled five issues it wants the populace to support in push to amend the 2010 constitution. The coalition also supports the ten issues governors have raised in the Pesa Mashinani referendum push.
Hon Kalonzo Musyoka was also away in South Africa at the same time Mr. Odinga was in the US and later Mozambique.
The third co-principal, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and CORD minority leader is reported to be away from the country.
Yesterday, while addressing members of the press, Mr Odinga maintained the law governing the conduct of elections must be improved so that the institution it creates respects Â the wishes of the people.
There is clearly a need for parties to appoint representatives to the IEBC with a mandate to be the party’s watchdog within the agreed rules governing elections.
We will also seek to have it in our constitution that results announced by presiding officers at the polling station are final and IEBCâ€™s role will be to provide the national tally. There is no rationale whatsoever for IEBC officials sitting in Nairobi, to purport to be verifying figures sent to them by its agents at the polling stations.
That system has only succeeded in creating more confusion and room to manipulate the will of the voters.
We want to instill accountability and clarity by making it constitutional that voter registration, voter identification and transmissions of election results will be through a pure electronic mode, not a mixture of electronic and manual.
We will also seek to amend the constitution to ensure that the IEBC has ONLY ONE national voter register which shall be published at least 30 days to the general elections.
We will seek a constitutional provision that the IEBC shall provide any person, at the personâ€™s request, the data or document used in elections within 24 hours of such a request in either electronic or hard copy or both.
We are also keen to amend the Constitution to include mechanisms for ensuring that all regions have equal opportunity to access voter registration and voting stations. These measures will ensure fairness, transparency, effectiveness, accountability and accuracy in the electoral process.
Provision of data within 24 hours will ensure that a person who wishes to challenge an election outcome has all requisite evidence.
Tied to the holding of free and fair elections is the need to enforce and respect term limits.
Across the continent, many leaders are revising their constitutions to remove term limits.
This is the next big thing waiting to explode. It has the potential to destabilize swathes of the continent where citizens will be demanding that leaders hand over power.
There had been speculation that Mr. Musyoka has been prevailed upon by the Jubilee regime to abandon CORD which close allies of the former vice president have dismissed as ‘wishful thinking’.