, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 19 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has scoffed at calls by Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leaders for its chairman and nine commissioners to vacate office.
IEBC Acting CEO Betty Sungura-Nyabuto told a news conference that the team will continue performing its duties until they are removed from office through the legal process provided in the Constitution or when their mandate expires.
“This is a constitutional commission; it is not just a matter of pack and go, there is a legal process that has to be put in place in order to be implemented and therefore we are still in office, conducting our mandate as is required,” she said.
CORD wants Commission Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan, his deputy Lilian B. Mahiri-Zaja and Commissioners Abdullahi Sharawe, Thomas Letangule, Mohammed Alawi Hussun, Albert Onyango Bwire, Kule Godana, Yusuf Nzibo and Muthoni Wangai shown the door before the next elections.
The National Assembly’s Committee on Legal Affairs is currently handling a petition by political activist Wafula Buke which seeks to compel President Uhuru Kenyatta to establish a tribunal to probe IEBC for gross violation of the Constitution during the March 2013 General Election.
Suba MP John Mbadi led five MPs from CORD in presenting the petition to the Speaker shortly before the House went on recess in May.
In his petition, Buke wants Parliament to find that the commission violated the Constitution in the manner it handled the disputed presidential poll where President Uhuru Kenyatta beat CORD leader Raila Odinga.
The petitioner argues that in the registration of voters, the compilation of voters’ register and conduct of the 2013 General Election, the commissioners were in serious violation of the Constitution and the laws of Kenya.
In its rallies, the Opposition coalition has repeated called for talks with Jubilee on issues touching on the electoral body among other matters it says are of national concern.