Governor Lonyangapuo warns against elections postponement

Sunday, July 25th, 2021 16:02 |
Governor John Lonyangapuo. PHOTO/COURTESY

Outspoken West Pokot Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo has asked politicians in the country to stop spreading rumours over an alleged plot to postpone the highly anticipated 2022 General Elections.

The county boss warned that the ongoing debate of postponing the elections might plunge the country into chaos.

This comes two days after a ruling by the African Court on Human Rights in Arusha that gave countries the green light to postpone elections over the COVID-19 pandemic.

There have also been talks that the elections should be delayed until the proposed constitutional changes (BBI) are made.

Lonyangapuo further said that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is the only body mandated to issue directions on dates of the election, further faulting those who have taken over the work of the commission.

"Let’s not talk on behalf of IEBC. Let's give the commission time because it has the final say on the issue," Lonyangapuo said.

The Governor who spoke on Saturday, July 15 at Kanyarkwat area when he had visited to inspect development projects called on those planning for the postponement of the 2022 general elections to come out clear and tell Kenyans the truth.

"We should stop rumours and propaganda over the issue and even if it is true, let it come out clear," Lonyangapuo noted.

Lonyangapuo added that politicians should stop polarizing the country with politics asking to stop political rhetoric.

"We should not set the country on the terrible mode of politics. Let’s not listen to rumours. We should not listen to rumours. Let us reduce political temperatures and serve Kenyans. We shall not move forward with political rhetoric," he said.

He also pointed out that the coming season will see politicians hop from one party to another as the 2022 general elections near, further urging Kenyans to heed President Uhuru Kenyatta's call to shun early politicking.

"We respect when the President says unity and respect should be realized. A lot of people are going to hop from party to party this season. Let us prepare but continue working," he said.

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