NGO Council want an end to IEBC reforms squabbles

September 25, 2016 12:30 pm
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 CORD leaders have threatened to resume street protests if no direction is given by tomorrow ahead of the Friday deadline. Photo/FILE.

CORD leaders have threatened to resume street protests if no direction is given by tomorrow ahead of the Friday deadline. Photo/FILE.
NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 25 – The National Non- Governmental Council has called for an end to the on-going blame game between the National Treasury and Salaries and Remuneration Commission over the delayed tabling of a send-off package for eight IEBC commissioners and their Chairman Isaack Hassan who agreed to vacate office.

NGO Council Chairman Stephen Cheboi says the two government agencies should instead expedite exit plans for the current IEBC Commissioners, to facilitate recruitment of new Commissioners as passed by National Assembly and the senate.

The blame game on the stalled IEBC reforms was ignited by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi who pointed fingers at the agencies for delaying the recruitment of the new IEBC commissioners.

CORD leaders have threatened to resume street protests if no direction is given by Monday ahead of the Friday deadline.

“If there is nothing done by Monday, we will do what we do best—street protests,” Orengo said on Saturday.

Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria, is also worried that unless the process is hastened, the current commissioners may be obligated to oversee next year’s General Election if they do not vacate office by Friday next week as outlined by the joint parliamentary committee that drafted proposed electoral reforms.

“It is my hope that the speakers will convene an emergency seating of the two houses to create the oversight committee,” he wrote on his Face book Page, soon after Muturi issued his statement from Iran.

Kuria has warned that “the worst nightmare will happen on Friday next week when a commission should be in place failure to which the current commissioners will be under obligation to oversee next year’s General Election.”
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission which has been blamed for delaying to table proposed perks for the outgoing commissioners has shifted blame to the Treasury.

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