MOMBASA, Kenya, Aug 20 – Pressure continues to mount on Parliament expedite debate the Joint Parliamentary Select Commission on Electoral Reforms Report which was tabled in both Houses on Wednesday.
Speaking during National Assembly – Kenya Parliamentary Journalists Association (KPJA) retreat on the role of Parliament in the 2017 General Election, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba said time is now running out for them to prepare adequately for the polls.
Chiloba said they had hoped to be done with legislative amendments on election related laws in June, but they now have to wait for the outcome of the debate on the fate of IEBC commissioners.
The National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said he will be moving a Motion on Tuesday seeking to defer the planned September recess in order for the National Assembly to fast track debate on Joint Select Committee report which among other calls for the current commissioners to exit office by September 30.
He expressed optimism that MPs will speedily process the findings and the Election (Amendment) Bill and the Election Offences Bill respectively.
On his part the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has urged the MPs to thoroughly read through the report and understand it before debating it.
Chiloba had earlier told the meeting that plans are underway to open up the 1.5 million Voter Register for inspection in September following February’s Mass Voter Registration.
The Commission plans to hold another mass voter listing in January- February next year to capture new voters.
He has assured Kenyans that next year’s polls will be free and fair.