IEBC commissioners dismiss petition seeking their removal

By Kevin Wachira

The IEBC commissioners have dismissed a petition that’s before parliament seeking their removal.

The commissioners who appeared before a parliamentary joint committee to respond to accusations contained in the petition argued the petitioner failed to give evidence to support their allegations.

The petition accuses the commissioners of being incompetent and lacking in integrity citing procurement process of electronic voter identification gadgets and Biometric kits as some of case studies.

The commissioners led by Chair Isaack Hassan dismissed the allegations saying there was no evidence presented by the petitioner.

According to IEBC the petitioner ought to have filed accusations of individual commissioners rather than an omnibus petition.

The commissioners also sought protection of the joint committee from what they termed as double jeopardy expressing their disinterest in appearing before the select committee on IEBC.

According to the commission, some of the issues raised in the petition had been dealt with by other organs of the government and the petitioner was reviving them in bad light.

Attempts by MPs to engage the commission on issues raised in the auditor general’s report also elicited heated reaction from the commissioners who accused the auditor general of condemning them unheard.

Commissioner Yusuf Nzibo almost broke to tears while explaining how false accusations regarding IEBC had tarnished his reputation.

The commissioners are expected to re-appear before the joint committee next week Tuesday to respond to queries raised in Auditor General report.



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