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Iebc commissioners exit strategy not yet confirmed by gov’t due to law ,says Hassan

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Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Isaack Hassan and commissioner Mahiri Zaja in parliament. PHOTO:CHRISTOPHER NYAMUTA

Nairobi,KENYA:Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chair Isaack Hassan has said the government has not yet confirmed their exit strategy due to factors embedded to the the law.

That is despite the fact that there is cooperation with respective government agencies on matter touching on exit of IEBC commissioners.

Appearing before senate public accounts and investment committee, Hassan said that exit is bound by the law despite the fact that the house select committee’s report indicated that the commissioners are supposed to vacate office by September 30.

“We have not engaged with anybody yet because those ones parliament passed a law which has a commencement date .The date of commencement is 4th of October those whom we have spoken to have told has to wait until commencement date ,but I assure you I am in contact with them there is cooperation we are respecting the law .” said Hassan.

Hassan said that the September 30 timelines which are in the report are not yet in the act saying that after commissioners exit their offices , the president will be obliged to declare their positions vacant to give a leeway for the new commissioners’ recruitment.

He said that the IEBC is willing to conduct party primaries if need be, but indicated that there is a loophole on who will bear the cost of the exercise as compared to the old constitution.

Hassan pointed that if the commissioners will vacate office, the scheduled by election will stall because the secretariat of the commission is not mandated to manage bye elections.

Nyong’o urged relevant authorities tasked in overseeing commissioners exit to fast track the process to avert a stalemate of the process.

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