British envoy lauds progress on IEBC reform

June 23, 2016 11:20 am
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In a statement, the British envoy encouraged both parties to continue in good faith with their negotiations/FILE
In a statement, the British envoy encouraged both parties to continue in good faith with their negotiations/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 – The British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey has welcomed the agreement between the Jubilee Alliance and CORD on the motion to establish a Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on matters relating to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

In a statement, the British envoy encouraged both parties to continue in good faith with their negotiations.

“The public’s confidence in the electoral institutions and process is essential for free, fair, peaceful, and credible elections next year,” he stated.

Both Jubilee and CORD have agreed on the formation and constitution of the committee and the motion is expected to be jointly presented to the National Assembly and the Senate.

The motion seeks to establish a joint Parliamentary Select Committee on the IEBC which will start the process of looking into the issues raised by the CORD in a bid to streamline the electoral body ahead of the 2017 General Election.

The committee is also expected to recommend, in relation to the findings, the way in which the commissioners will leave office should they be found unfit.

CORD had led demonstrations against the commission for four Mondays demanding their removal from office.

The demos saw over six people killed, several others injured and property destroyed.

They also escalated tension in the country prompting the government to ban them.

CORD has since suspended the demonstrations after it pointed out that there is substantive progress in the IEBC talks.

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