, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 8 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Issack Hassan and nine commissioners on Tuesday appeared before the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee to respond to a petition filed by a political activist seeking to remove them from office.
Committee Chairman Samuel Chepkonga said the sitting is to allow MPs to interrogate the IEBC based on their written submission which they submitted two weeks ago.
In his petition, political activist Wafula Buke wants Parliament to find that the Commission violated the Constitution in the manner it handled the disputed presidential poll where President Uhuru Kenyatta trounced CORD leader Raila Odinga.
Buke wants the Commissioners’ removed on grounds of gross violation of the Constitution and incompetence in the manner they handled the March 2013 General Election.
He has until Wednesday to put together information to support his petition which will include the Auditor General’s report tabled in Parliament last week which raises questions on the Commission’s conduct in the overall strategy, planning, budgeting and execution of last year’s General Election.
Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leaders on Monday abandoned their demand for national dialogue and now want a referendum to address issues they say are afflicting the country and which they say the Government is either unable to tackle or has ignored them.
CORD now wants to convene an all-inclusive National Referendum Committee (NRC) for the purpose of preparing Kenyans for a referendum on the critical challenges facing the nation.
CORD will be seeking to collect one million signatures to compel the country to go to a referendum even as they push for the reconstitution of the IEBC.
The opposition coalition is accusing it of mismanaging the 2013 election.
The Jubilee Coalition through its parliamentary group meeting resolved that there would be no dialogue with the opposition on issues touching on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) or other matters which are outlined in law.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said the roadmap for IEBC disbandment was well documented in the Constitution.