NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 5 – Parliament will on Tuesday debate a motion seeking to establish a Joint Select Committee of Parliament to determine the future of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
The motion will be presented before the National Assembly and Senate after CORD submitted its list replacing Mogotio MP Hellen Sambili with Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale.
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.
The joint team will recommend legal mechanisms for the vacation of office of the current commissioners in accordance with the Constitution.
It will further recommend to both Houses legal and institutional reforms to improve the IEBC to ensure the 2017 elections are free, fair and are administered in a 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.
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, while 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.