, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 – Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chabukati says he will ignore calls for the resignation of commissioners and the secretariat.
Chebukati stated that officers in the electoral body are in office by virtue of constitutional provisions and clear guidelines and stressed that they did a commendable job in presiding over the two elections in three months.
He indicated that the Commission is now awaiting the full judgment to evaluate the elections and announce reforms.
“At the end of the day commissioners are in office and they did not just come there. They were interviewed and they were brought into office by virtue of the constitutional provisions and there are clear guidelines as to the term of office and exit from office,” he stated.
Chebukati was responding to sentiments by the Kenya Human Rights Commission Executive Director George Kegoro who stated that he needed to tell the country within what time he and the commissioners will vacate office.
“They should put in place a transition plan. The country will need a long time to prepare for the next election preferably without the current IEBC so Chebukati needs to tell the country that within this particular period, I and my commissioners will vacate office,” Kegoro said.
The IEBC boss also said that upon receipt of the full judgment, they will deal with any grey areas in law that may arise for purposes of strengthening the systems and processes of the IEBC.
He added that they want to focus on strengthening the commission so that the next election will even be better managed.