CORD wants round table discussions to resolve IEBC standoff

June 9, 2016 4:26 pm
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CORD later sent their demands to State House and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka pointed out that they will wait for a response before issuing a comprehensive statement on the matter/FILE
CORD later sent their demands to State House and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka pointed out that they will wait for a response before issuing a comprehensive statement on the matter/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 9 – The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) is insisting on round table discussions with the government to break the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) impasse as opposed to the parliamentary process fronted by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

This was just part of the coalition’s demands during a meeting with religious leaders and ambassadors this morning over the issue on which they remained tight lipped.

CORD later sent their demands to State House and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka pointed out that they will wait for a response before issuing a comprehensive statement on the matter.

“When you get a Canon and a Bishop on these microphones, they can give you a lot of hope and it is good but we are still in discussions and we do not know how long it will take, so please be patient,” he told reporters during a brief break from the talks.

National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) General Secretary Peter Karanja stated that the discussions have already made headway as the number of contentious issues has reduced.

“The dialogue process that the religious leaders have been conducting is ongoing. Both sides are committed to continue engaging until there can be clarity on what things are possible and what are not,” he stated.

“We will just appeal to Kenyans to have a lot of hope because we found a lot of rationality on both sides, the issues of contention are reducing drastically.”

The religious leaders met President Kenyatta Wednesday alongside the Speakers of the Senate and the National Assembly.

After the meeting, President Kenyatta announced formation of a Joint Select Committee with members from both Houses of Parliament.

Jubilee on Thursday nominated 11 members to represent the coalition in the Joint Select Committee formed to unlock the stand-off.

READ: Jubilee nominates 11 members to Joint Select Committee on IEBC

The committee was set up to collect views on the IEBC stalemate.

The Head of State had stated that the mandate of the committee will strictly and exclusively be on the matter of IEBC.

He said all stakeholders, public and private should be accorded an opportunity to make submissions to the joint select committee “as provided in the Standing Orders of both Houses of Parliament, and in the constitutional spirit of public participation.”

He emphasised the need to forge ahead within the confines of the Constitution.

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