Pressure groups raise concern over IEBC commissioners exit delay

Pressure groups raise concern over IEBC commissioners exit delay

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Nairobi, KENYA: Pressure groups in the country including Institute for Education in Democracy are concerned over lack of laid structures, which will oversee the current Independent Electoral and Boundaries commissioners’ out of office .

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Sunday,  IED chief executive officer Brian Weke said that there is need for speedy negotiations and resignation of the current commissioners in order to beat the 30th September deadline

“IED is concerned that up to now there is no mechanism to guide the exit of the current IEBC commissioners.” Weke said.

He sharply differed with the jubilee party leadership which is calling for IEBC to conduct its party primaries; a functionality which he termed as contrary to the responsibilities of IEBC .

He said that it is incorrect for Jubilee to call on IEBC’s to conduct party primaries insisting that its core responsibility is solving party disputes after party primaries.

“Article 88 (4) (e ) of the constitution mandates the commission with the responsibilities of settling disputes arising from party nomination processes .Accordingly , the commission can not be a judge in the process that it has presided over.”He said

He urged political parties to look for any assistance from independent and professional bodies to conduct and manage their parties primaries.

Weke urged the Judicial Service Commission to uphold ingenuity ,independence and divulge the criteria it used to determine the nominee for the chief Justice post in order to enhance transparency.

He added that there is need of strengthening judicial system and structure to instill confidence in the public following the fact that it will handle election petitions come 2017 general elections .

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