NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 29 – IEBC Commissioners have said that they are confident of their work as they prepare to exit office.
They said they are satisfied with the service they rendered to Kenyans during their tenure, including delivering the 2013 General Election.
Vice chairperson Lillian Mahiri who spoke in Nakuru at a thanksgiving ceremony for fellow commissioner Thomas Letangule said they are ready to exit office, and have left everything ready for the next General Election.
She said the Commission has set out the Election Operation Plan “to ensure fairness in the elections and enshrine machineries to settle election disputes.”
Mahiri said “the Commission did very well in the 2013 general election and would not change anything if given a chance”.
Five IEBC commissioners who attended the ceremony urged politicians to stop interfering with the commission and its staff.
They urged politicians to accept the outcome of elections instead of resorting to attacking the Commission.
Her sentiments were echoed by Commissioner Letangule who said their detractors had nothing on the commission.
He said efforts to get them out of office through three petitions failed before they settled for dialogue with the government, culminating to a negotiated exit package.
He said the Commission only agreed to leave office for the sake of peace in Kenya.
Commissioner Mohammed Alawi said the commission vacated office to deny a section of politicians a chance to cause chaos in the 2017 elections.