Speaking recently, the Azimio’s Presidential candidate Raila maintained that in case he loses in the forthcoming elections he will admit. He however urged the IEBC to assure Kenyans of free and fair elections.

Presidential aspirant and ex-Opposition Chief Raila Odinga recently called upon the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to do all it takes to assure Kenyans of a free and fair general election on August 9, this year.

In a recent interview with the Sunday Nation Odinga expressed his worries about the last-minute filling of key positions in the IEBC secretariat, which he says does not give Kenyans enough time to assess their competence to handle the polls.

Mr. Odinga was also concerned about the commission’s preparedness to conduct the August 9 polls. “You need to understand that IEBC only appointed its chief executive officer last week…,

…same to the deputy CEO and important heads of various departments. So, it is too soon to say whether or not one has confidence in it. That is why I am talking about a work in progress,” Odinga stated.

The ex-Opposition Chief who will be trying his fifth luck, hoping to be fifth President in less than five months’ time, however, maintained his readiness to concede defeat and congratulate the winner “in the unlikely event that I lose”.

“If the elections are free, fair, transparent and verifiable, then I see no reason why somebody should not concede defeat and congratulate the winner. It happened in 1997…,

At the time, I conceded that we had lost the election and we would try another time. I see no reason why, if elections are free and fair, I should not congratulate the winner in the unlikely event that I lose the elections,” affirmed Raila.

Deputy President (DP) William Ruto has been pushing his key opponent Raila to publicly declare that he will accept the outcome of the election, citing previous electoral disputes that have plunged the nation into chaos and bloodshed.

Kenya has witnessed deadly pre- and post-election violence on different scales since 1992. The disputed 2007 election, in which Mr. Odinga was the loser, has been the deadliest. In 2013 and 2017, the matters ended up in court for resolution.

In March 2018 President Uhuru Kenyatta reached out to Raila in the political resolution now dubbed as “handshake” that they said was aimed at ending the cycle of electoral violence that is usually based on ethnic configurations.

Raila is optimistic that the Azimio la Umoja alliance will heal political rifts in the country, but that does not mean there should be no opposition parties. Mr. Odinga, in the interview, ruled out the possibility of a post-election ‘handshake’ with DP Ruto after the August polls.

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