IEBC has not received NASA complaint on boundary review

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Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati says the electoral body has not received any official complaint from the NASA coalition concerning the issue of Boundary review which is scheduled to take place after the national population census next year.

In a raft of demands after a meeting chaired by the NASA principal, the opposition has called for the reconstitution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) before the scheduled boundaries delimitation begins.

They threatened to boycott the 2022 general elections if the IEBC is not reconstituted while claiming that the delimitation exercise was heavily skewed to favour Jubilee zones.

But IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati who was touring counties in the Coast in his ongoing exercise of familiarizing himself with commission offices and staff in the counties, claims he is yet to receive any formal complaint from NASA over the alleged skewed plans for boundaries delimitation.

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“It’s a job which must be done after eight to 12 years, now after elections there will be a review ,’’ he said.

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Chebukati said NASA was among the 67 political parties in the country, together with civil societies, and the Kenyan people who are all over.

“Every party is free to express their views, we had two goals one was to conduct 2017 general elections, and transform thaw IEBC to avoid future errors,’’ he said.

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When questioned about the report by the Auditor general revealing that the Commission inflated figures on tenders, Chebukati said just like after the nullified August 8th election, the report appeared to lay blame on IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba accusing him for the audit queries.

The report put the electoral body on the spot over illegal varying contracts amounting to three times the quoted amount that led to the loss of Millions of tax payer’s money.

Auditor general Edward  Ouko’s 2015-2016 report revealed that IEBC illegally altered and varied the contract amount  from 31.7 million shillings quoted by the same vendor in 2012 to 93 .3 million shillings per year.

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The report further reveals that the tax payers lost 26.6 million shillings in the purchase of goods categorized by IEBC as specialized materials for use in mass voter registration and By Elections in Malindi, Kericho and Nyangores.

Chebukati who arrived in Malindi Wednesday morning is set to tour Tana River, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, and Taita Taveta before heading to Makueni.

Chebukati said the tour was the first since the county IEBC were formed last year bringing in county managers.

 

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