IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati wants parliament to fast track replacement of resigned commissioners

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,12TH JUNE 2018-The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission   is finding itself in difficulty position functioning without the needed number of commissioners.

This was the massage from the chair Wafula Chebukati   when he appeared before the Constitution Implementation Oversight Committee  on Tuesday.Chebukati has appealed to Parliamentarians to the fast track the process of recruiting four of their colleagues .

Chairman Wafula Chebukati  who was accompanied by  Commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye urged the  Committee to work with their colleagues in the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee towards developing a legal framework to establish a permanent selection panel for commissioners at the electoral agency.

Commissioner Roselyn Akombe was the first IEBC Commissioner to call it quits in October 18 last year, a week to the October 26 repeat presidential poll.

Akombe cited external interference and lack of independence among Commissioners.

The Jeremiah Kioni-led Committee however said it may consider introducing an amendment into the IEBC Act to reduce the quorum of three commissioners and not five to be able to adopt a Commission’s plenary resolution.

The law demands the President to announce a vacancy at the Commission within seven days of receiving the commissioners’ resignation.

The Public Service Commission will then have 14 days to search for new commissioners, picked by a panel and approved by the President and MPs.

The three commissioners announced their resignation citing lack of confidence in the chairman, shifting the focus to the President.

 

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