IEBC is properly constituted to conduct mandate, Chebukati

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chair Wafula Chebukati says the commission is properly constituted to conduct its mandate amid fears that the organization has become moribund.

Appearing before Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, Chebukati said operations at the commission are running smoothly even as he called on parliament to expedite the process of recruiting new commissioners after four of the commissioners bolted out.

Since the resignation of four Commissioners at IEBC, pressure has continued to mount on Wafula Chebukati and the two other remaining commissioners to vacate office.

On Thursday, the Commissioners were queried by Parliament on how IEBC has managed to make policy decisions despite a lack of quorum.

Chebukati taken to task  to explain why CEO Ezra Chiloba remains suspended despite there being a court order directing that he be allowed back into the Commission.

Chebukati at the same time denied claims that he disobeyed court orders when he suspended Chiloba.

The Commission says an interim internal audit report exposed irregularities in procurement at the Commission prompting the suspension of Chiloba.

Chebukati however expressed fears that the Commission risked running into financial crisis since Treasury is yet to release funds that will enable the commission meet its budget.

Next month, IEBC is scheduled to carry out by-elections in Baringo South Constituency, North Kadem and Bobasi Chache Wards even as questions as to whether the commission has the capacity to operate.

Chebukati has in the meantime indicated that the roadmap to the boundaries delimitation is clear with the Commission expected to kick start the process once the census is complete.


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