House committees postpone public hearings on IEBC stalemate

House committees postpone public hearings on IEBC stalemate

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Nairobi, KENYA: Parliamentary legal affairs committee and committee on implementation of the constitution have postponed exercise meant to collect views from various stakeholders and public on Independent ,electoral and boundaries commission (IEBC) disbandment.

Speaking in parliament in a joint meeting headed by chair of the committee Samuel Chepkonga , said the postponment of the exercise is a leeway for the setting up of a jubilee ,cord bipartisan committee to tackle the stalemate.

The committees indicated that gathering of views exercise will be changed from 20th June 2016 to 5th July to allow the the select committee to come on board and avert clash of their mandates.

“Instead of holding gathering of views on 20th of June we decide to postpone to 5th of July to allow us to consult with leadership in terms of reference of the select committee ”Chepkonga said.

Earlier there was disagreement among members on the select committee’s mandate some alleging that the select committee’s mandate might interfer with the joint committees mandates.

“We are keeping our mandate as committees what we are doing has timely needs ,to see how we handle this matter ,the jostling that is going on between the two coalitions therefore must not be allowed to interfere with what committees have decided to do .”Ol- Joro -rok mp John Waiganjo said.

Meanwhile CORD has rejected the proposal by President Uhuru Kenyatta to form a Joint Select Committee of Parliament to spearhead dialogue on the issues surrounding the IEBC.

CORD has insisted on having structured talks insisting that they will not accept a committee of more than seven members from either side of the political divide and two joint secretaries from each side who must not be Parliamentarians or non parliamentary staff.

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