ICJ joins calls for IEBC disbandment

By Eric Biegon

The International Commission of Jurists is calling for the immediate resignation of IEBC commissioners.

ICJ Kenyan chapter charges that the current electoral body has lost credibility citing alleged irregular procurement of electoral materials and the chickengate scandal.

The commission warns that it will be dangerous to go into the next polls with IEBC as currently constituted.

Pressure has been piling on the embattled Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioners to vacate office.

Acknowledging the need for reforms in the commission, ICJ holds the view that the required reforms can only take place once the current commissioners are out of office.

According to ICJ, the current electoral body is tainted and does not inspire confidence citing past scandals.

The opposition CORD has been holding protests countrywide to call for the disbandment of IEBC citing doubts over the electoral body’s ability to deliver a free and fair election next year.

They want the Jubilee Government to solve the issues surrounding IEBC amicably saying failure to do so might lead to a serious political crisis after next year’s General Election.

Last week, police lobbed teargas to disperse CORD leaders and supporters who attempted to enter the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission offices at Anniversary Towers by force.

The supporters and leaders who included CORD Principal Raila Odinga, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, Senators Moses Wetangula and Boni Khalwale had engaged police in a stand-off for hours before they made good their threat to storm the IEBC offices.

CORD temporarily suspended demonstrations this week to give peace a chance.



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