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Churches, civil society and unions insist electoral team must resign

21 July 2016, 12:25

Nairobi - Churches, civil society groups and trade unions under the banner of Multi-Sectorial Forum (MSF) have maintained that the electoral team must resign in order to avert crisis ahead of the next general election.

Commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) have been under probe by Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) following a petition filed by petitioner by the name Barasa Nyukuri linking them to procurement irregularities in 2013.

Barasa, who allegedly worked as a consultant for the commission during the 2013 elections, had called for the immediate replacement of the commissioners saying they cannot be trusted to conduct another election over integrity and incompetence issues.

However, JLAC on Tuesday cleared the commissioners citing lack of enough evidence.

Read Also: Lawmakers propose electoral reforms after weeks of protests

Opposition Chief, Raila Odinga had also called for the reconstitution of the IEBC saying that it cannot be trusted to conduct credible elections.

This led to the formation of a Joint Select Committee with MPs from both CORD and Jubilee coalitions to initiate reforms in the commission. The committee is yet to start dialogue on the matter.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Githu Muigai asked MPs to postpone the next general election to 2018 in order to allow the country to prepare adequately.

According to The Star, Muigai says the only way the country can have a credible election is by ensuring that an electoral body is in place 24 months prior.

However, the MSF group said IEBC commissioners should leave office as soon as possible so as to allow a new team in, Standard reports.

They also condemned politicians for using the current electoral crisis to change the date for the next election, which they said is a recipe for chaos.

- News24


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