Activist opposes call to consolidate Polling stations

GITONGA
Nakuru Human Rights Defender Moses Gitonga

By Pristone Mambili

A proposal by a section of MCA aspirants in Gilgil Sub county to consolidate Polling stations in the forthcoming August polls has received opposition from Human Rights Defender Moses Gitonga who says the proposal is against the Constitution.

In an exclusive phone interview on Thursday morning, Gitonga who is also eyeing the Murindat Ward seat in Gilgil Sub County condemned the move terming it as the start of rigging in the party primaries as well as the polls.

“There is nothing like consolidating polling polls…that is illegal as per the law and as a matter of fact it is the start of rigging. If that is allowed then it means some people will be locked out of the exercise for lack of means to reach some polling centres” he said.

Gitonga who is well known in Nakuru County and the nation at large for defending the rights of the common man slammed at a section of people who are going around in Gilgil Sub County claiming that they have been elected and telling people that there will be consolidation of the polling stations.

He said the law is very clear and the Jubilee Party Constitution too on how the party primaries will be conducted and that all the IEBC Polling stations will be used.

“The law is very clear and let no one trick the citizens that there will be consolidation of polling stations in Nakuru County. Let the law be followed to the latter” said Gitonga.

Gitonga who is also the chairman National Citizen Engagement Forum –NACEF A human Rights body dealing with matters of Governance and transparency called on the leaders to ensure they maintain integrity.

POLLING STATION
A sign indicating a Polling Station

According to him most counties with the exception of Kitui and Nyeri have failed in ensuring proper service delivery since the Members of County Assembly tasked with the oversight role have allowed to be compromised by the county executive.

“The problems we have in counties is that the Oversight role by MCAs has failed terribly since the same have been compromised by their Governors. The MCAs should be protecting the interests of the government and the citizens and not their own interests “ he said.

Gitonga had earlier shown an interest in the Gilgil Parliamentary seat not until February this year when he officially announced that he will be going for the Murindat ward seat, saying he wants to bring sanity to Nakuru through service to the people of Murindat Ward.

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