IEBC gives political parties 7 days to submit list of members

IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati  flanked by the Commission’s CEO Ezra Chiloba  address the press in Nairobi on 5TH APRIL 2017/UPESINEWS

BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,5TH APRIL 2017-The   10 remaining political parties have been asked  to submit their party membership lists  in the next seven days  to enable the  independent Electoral and boundaries commission publicize the lists as required by law.

The remaining political parties have until end of Wednesday to do so as the Commission will gazette the names received within 7 days.

The Commission’s chair Wafula Chebukati says so far only 57 registered political parties have delivered their submissions.

“The Commission published a public notice on 6th February, 2017 requiring political parties to submit Names of Candidates for Party Primaries to the Commission from 26th March, 2017 – 5th April 2017,” he noted.

“Political parties should be reminded that no party primaries shall take place until the Commission gazettes the list of aspirants.”

The Commission also noted that the process of auditing of the register has commenced.

The audit which kicked off on March 31 will be undertaken by KPMG for a period of 21 days.

Meanwhile, voter education programs will begin in the next few weeks to increase information sharing on the results management framework.

IEBC‘s chair said the commission has developed a results management framework which clarifies the procedure the Commission shall follow in ensuring transparency and accountability in election results management.

“Under the law, it is only the Commission that is allowed to count, tally, collate, announce and declare the results of an election,” Chebukati said.

The Commission also noted with concern the increasing reports of violence in various parts of the country warning that they would not tolerate any form of violence during political rallies.

Chebukati cited that the Commission is ready to fulfil its responsibility of enforcing the Code of Conduct through the Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee.

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