NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – Commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will on Monday know their exit package, as they prepare to vacate office.
This follows a deal struck with the government last week on their departure to pave way for a new team that will conduct next year’s General Election.
According to the Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua, the talks were held strictly under the law and parliamentary recommendations.
To avoid a power vacuum in the office of IEBC that can result to a constitutional crisis, Kinyua stated that commissioners will resign from office once a new team is fully constituted.
IEBC Chairperson Ahmed Issack Hassan on his part said the commissioners were ready to vacate office in order for the new team to start preparing for the next year’s General Election.
The speedy outcome of the negotiations, he said was proof, “to this commitment.”
He said their move was compelled by the need to ensure the country’s socio-political and economic stability was maintained.
He has urged Parliament to expeditiously recruit a new team to pave way for their exit from office and to “further ensure that the public expectation and parliamentary intent is fulfilled without undue delay.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday called for patience on the process guiding the exit of IEBC commissioners from office saying it is still within the timelines.