Committee dismisses petition to disband IEBC

By KBC Reporter

Petitioner Buke filed the petition in April this year seeking to have all the IEBC commissioners sent home (FILE)

Ahmed Issack Hassan and 8 fellow commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission can now breath a sigh of relief after the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs dismissed a petition seeking to disband the electoral body.

The Committee on Thursday tabled the petition by activist Wafula Buke before the floor of the house but advised its rejection due to lack of merit.

Petitioner Buke had filed the petition in April this year seeking that all 9 commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission be sent home, accusing them of violation of the constitution by being biased and incompetence in handling the March 2013 disputed polls.

In the 93 page petition, Buke had attempted to prove that IEBC did not compile a voters’ register as required by Article 83 of the Constitution and that the commission declared the final result 16 months after voting.

He had also alleged that the IEBC added or subtracted votes in some cases to achieve a desired result therefore breaking the law.

However, Justice and Legal Affairs Committee chairman Samuel Chepkong’a, defended  the committee’s decision to trash the petition saying the  petition failed the test of the constitutional requirements.

The decision by the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs is a major blow to the opposition’s push for disbandment of the IEBC.

CORD MPs led by David Ochieng of Ugenya and Agostino Netto of Ndhiwa expressed their dissatisfaction with the committee’s decision and threatened to table their own dissenting report in the House.