Survey shows low support for IEBC, Cord demos

Cord leader Raila Odinga is led away to a safe spot by his bodyguards after police lobbed tear-gas canisters at protesters outside Anniversary Towers in Nairobi on April 25, 2016 calling for the removal of IEBC commissioners. Kenyans do not support calls by the Opposition to hold street protests to force the commission out of office. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • However, seven out of 10 Kenyans disagree with Cord’s position on how to reform the IEBC, according to the survey conducted between May 12 and 14.
  • On Tuesday last week, Cord leader Raila Odinga called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to initiate a dialogue with all stakeholders with a view to reconstituting the electoral commission.
  • At the weekend, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said the police had enough tear gas to respond to Cord protests.

Kenyans are evenly divided over whether the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has the capacity to carry out free and fair elections in 2017.

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