Any Citizen Who Requests Public Documents From #IEBC Should Be Able To Get Them
Hatari Says: Makozewe, yes Cord is seeking documents which should be publicly available to any citizen but this should compliment or strengthen the evidence currently in their possession. Since CORD is on record stating they have evidence of rigging, why not table this evidence in the High Court and thereby giving more credibility to their allegation? The IEBC would then have no other opinion than to open up their records pende wasipende to scrutiny by all interested parties. This is not twisting the issue but really simple logic the Kenyan electorate would appreciate, understand and would be sympathetic too . As it stands, any one who is impartial sees the glaring contradictions in their statements and actions.
Makozewe: Hatari, let us take a hypothetical situation. If I now request IEBC for the same documents Cord is seeking as a citizen of the Republic of Kenya under the freedom of Information Act contained in our new Constitution, the implication is that if Cord cannot get them then I too cannot. This is a violation. As you say, Cord should produce evidence but when dealing with the figures IEBC tallied, Cord has to compare IEBC’s figures with figures Cord agents gathered at polling station. If Cord tallies its figures at the polling station level, the difference is a whooping 700,000 votes and this is why it is incumbent for IEBC to produce figures it used to tally votes at the polling station level. This is not a big demand or a request for “evidence” from IEBC. If IEBC cannot be transparent at this basic level, it will be impossible for the public not to suspect that IEBC is hiding something. If Cord was asking for confidential documents, then IEBC’s current position could be tenable. As it is at the moment, it amounts to a cover up. Should Cord go to court to obtain documents which anybody (including the media) is entitled to? Something is wrong.
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