y’s top religious leadership meeting under the Kenya Interfaith Elections Programme (KIEP) are demanding for a free, fair, peaceful and credible elections in 2017 to ensure the country remains stable. The faith leaders addressing the media at a press conference in Nairobi on Thursday morning, asked the IEBC to clarify and make public the Principal Voters Register to avoid the discrepancies between the manual register and the BVR experienced during the 2013 General Elections. They further challenged IEBC to explain the measures put in place to ensure all electronic devices envisaged for use in the upcoming elections are functioning as required as well as an agreed back up plan in the event the systems fail to work.
The religious leadership challenged the electoral body to justify their request for additional funds from the exchequer to carry out the voter registration process and the subsequent General elections. They offered to offer leadership in spearheading a process where all Kenyans can soberly address all issues that have been raised over IEBC’s capacity to deliver on their mandate. They further called for a close cooperation between the Police and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in order to apprehend and successfully prosecute those found on the wrong side of the law for the sake of ensuring the integrity and security of the upcoming elections.
On the Judiciary, the leaders urged the judges and magistrates to play their rightful role as patriotic Kenyans in the interests of the country. ‘It will be a great day for this nation when judges decide to jail every person who tries to bribe them or other court officials’ read part of the statement.
The religious leaders reprimanded politicians against perpetrating violence to for their own interests. They called upon politicians to instead uphold value based campaigns and begin preaching and practising peace. They further urged Kenyans and particularly the youth to refuse being used by politicians to perpetrate violence and instead use their power of voting vested upon them by the constitution to reject leaders who promote violence.
The religious leaders pledged to engage in processes that will see a free, fear, peaceful and credible 2017 General Election.
Among the leaders who addressed the media include Canon Peter Karanja the General Secretary of NCCK, Sheikh Adan Wachu of SUPKEM, Bishop Alfred Rotich of KCCB, Prof Abdulghafur El Busaidy of SUPKEM, and Connie Ivuti of EAK among others.