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Fast-track hiring of commissioners, Chebukati appeals

Irene Githinji @gitshee

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) now wants Parliament to fast-track the process of recruiting four commissioners who have resigned.

This, the commission said, would facilitate running of critical processes, particularly boundary delimitation.  IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati told National Assembly Constitutional Implementation and Oversight Committee (CIOC) that the commission cannot hold a plenary as currently constituted because of quorum hitch.

IEBC plenary requires at least five commissioners, but there currently only three commissioners after three others, Connie Maina, Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat resigned in April. Vice chairperson Roselyn Akombe resigned just a few weeks to the repeat  presidential election last October 26.

 Chebukati, accompanied by commissioners Boya Mula and Abdi Guliye, urged the Jeremiah Kioni-led CIOC to work with their Justice and Legal Affairs counterparts to develop a legal framework that will facilitate creation of a permanent selection panel for IEBC commissioner in future.

 “The commission requests the CIOC to facilitate the second review of delimitation of boundaries of constituencies and wards by providing timely resources and fast-tracking the recruitment of commissioners. This will enable the commission make policy and strategy decisions on the process,” he told MPs.

 Kioni said the committee will make considerations towards introducing an amendment into the IEBC Act to revert to the initial three as the quorum for the commission’s plenary. Meanwhile, Chebukati has  revealed that an audit of last year’s election processes is underway.

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