, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 16 – The chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Issack Hassan, was on Tuesday kicked out of a hearing by Parliament’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee for failing to bring along final results of March 4 General Election.
Committee chairman Samuel Chepkonga (Ainabkoi) adjourned the meeting stating that Hassan had failed to comply with Parliament’s Standing Order which require an individual or entity to respond an issue raised in the National Assembly within seven days.
The IEBC chairman had wanted to bring the final results of the elections by Thursday.
“I don’t have with me the commission response to the statement being sought by the honourable member, it was being prepared to be sent to the Clerk of the National Assembly and it should be ready on Thursday,” the IEBC Chairman said as he started making his opening remarks.
Chepkonga interjected and sought to understand how the commission did not have a response to the query that had been communicated on July 3 in a letter signed by Clerk of the National Assembly Justin Bundi.
“You are putting us in a very awkward position here, because I find it very difficult for us to proceed with you in the absence of the information,” he said.
“We are a House of rules and procedures we are not dealing with generalities here! We are very specific. Once issues have been raised you must respond in accordance with the terms of the letter.”
Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa had demanded a statement from the IEBC to explain the reason for the delay in publishing complete results of the March 4 General Election which he argued are to be used as the reference point when disbursing funds to political parties.
He accused the IEBC chairman – who was accompanied to the meeting by the Chief Executive Officer James Oswago and two officials from commission’s legal department – of not taking the committee’s summons seriously.
“This is impunity, this is a body which was in charge of the elections and seven months down the line there is nothing. We can’t contain this anymore,” Wamalwa protested.
Chepkonga added that Article 95 of the Constitution placed a heavy mandate on the committee members, which requires them “to at the minimum, deliberate on the concerns of the people and resolve them.”
“You are employed to deal with those issues and discharge your mandate as required by the Constitution; if you don’t have the written response to our issues, we will adjourn this meeting to Thursday at 10am,” the Legal Affairs Committee chairman told the IEBC boss before sending him and his team away.
Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati claimed that several commissioners and senior members of the commission’s secretariat have refused to append their signatures to the results fearing a backlash from the public.
The commission should have published complete results of the elections two weeks after the announcement of final results as stipulated in the law.
The commission declared Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta duly elected as president after he garnered 6,173,433 votes (50.07 percent) against Raila Odinga (CORD) 5,340,546 votes (43.31 percent).