IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati/FILE
BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,9TH MARCH 2017-The Independent Electoral and Bounderies commission IEBC will thoroughly screen party lists from different political parties before approving them to ensure they comply with the requirement. The commission’s chair Wafula Chebukati has warned that If a party list doesn’t have sufficient women IEBC we shall return it to the party in you question with sufficient number of women for nomination
Chebukati who was responding to questions at the 4th Annual Devolution Conference which closed Thursday evening also called upon women to consider voting for fellow women who offer their candidacy for parliamentary positions to ensure the next Parliament meets the two thirds gender threshold.
According to Article 81 (b) of the Constitution of Kenya (2010), “not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender.”
Chebukati however laid the blame on failure to pass two bills meant to actualise the requirement squarely on parliament, saying the IEBC has done its part in ensuring the relevant pieces of legislation are put in place.
The parliament failed to pass two bills intended to facilitate the fulfilment of Article 81 (b) after legislators failed to agree on a number of clauses including one on the eligibility for re-nomination of members by political parties.
Chebukati called upon women to consider voting for fellow women who offer their candidacy for parliamentary positions to ensure the next parliament meets the two thirds threshold.