NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 30 – National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has issued a notice of motion for formation of a Joint Select Committee Parliament on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), after CORD submitted its list replacing Mogotio MP Hellen Sambili with Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale.
The motion will be debated during next Tuesday’s sitting.
The 14-member Joint Select Committee will have 30 days to investigate claims of misconduct against the electoral commission chairman and eight commissioners and submit its report to the House for consideration.
“This is because of the urgency of the matter. The election is about 14 months away… in the event that there are new commissioners and a new secretariat, we want the country to have enough time to prepare for the recruitment of new Commissioners,” the National Assembly Majority Leader asserted.
CORD nominees will be led by Siaya Senator James Orengo, Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, Khalwale, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior, Tongaren MP Simiyu Eseli, Mombasa County Woman Representative Mishi Mboko and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed.
The Jubilee team will be led by Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi, who will also be a co-chairman of the joint committee, where he will be joined by Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Nominated Senators Beatrice Elachi, Taveta MP Naomi Shaban, Mandera West MP Mohammud Mohammed, Kitutu Chache North MP Jimmy Angwenyi and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
The joint team will recommend legal mechanisms for the vacation of office of the current commissioners in accordance with the Constitution and recommend to both Houses legal and institutional reforms to improve in IEBC to ensure the 2017 elections are free, fair and are administered in an impartial, efficient, accurate, verifiable, secure, accountable and transparent manner.
On the basis of the findings and recommendations submitted to the House, the joint committee will prepare a report and a draft bill(s).
Each coalition shall appoint co-chairs to the Joint Select Committee and each member of the 14-member team shall have one vote.
Decisions in the joint team shall be made by two-thirds majority vote or nine members.
The Clerk’s Office shall provide secretarial services in accordance with the Standing Orders, but provided for that the coalitions will nominate joint rapporteurs to the Joint Select Committee, but the official record remains the Parliamentary Hansard.
The Joint Select Committee and each coalition may engage experts, professionals and such other technical resource persons as they may deem necessary.
The Joint Select Committee shall receive views from experts, members of the public, civil society, religious groups, business community, political parties, county governments and any other persons on matter relating to the IEBC.