By Kevin Wachira
Commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission have agreed to a negotiated exit from office.
The commissioners, who will be compensated for the 15 months that they should have been in office, told the parliamentary joint select committee that they will be leaving office with a clear conscience.
IEBC commissioners and secretariat appeared before the parliamentary joint select committee for the third day to shed more light on how to reform the electoral process.
Committee chairs Senator James Orengo and Kiraitu Murungi invited the opinion of the commissioners regarding proposals by various stakeholders who are calling for the voluntary resignation and compensation for the commissioners.
According to the committee, the approach would save time as well as restore public confidence in the country’s electoral process.
The commissioners welcomed the idea and assured the committee of their cooperation once the government provides a dignified settlement.
The commissioners also want the IEBC staff to be retained. The commissioners had vowed not to bow to pressure to exit the electoral body arguing that their rights were being violated as they enjoyed security of tenure.
All the nine commissioners echoed remarks of chair Isaack Hassan insisting that Kenya was greater than any individual.
Focus now shifts to the Attorney General who will spearhead the negotiations process between the commissioners and treasury.
Each commissioner is expected to receive salary and allowances for at least 15 months they would have served till November next year.
The parliamentary joint select committee concluded receiving memoranda from the public and will now retreat to prepare a comprehensive report on electoral reforms.