By Margaret Kalekye
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has dismissed threats by CORD to storm their offices on Monday as unnecessary and uncalled for.
In a statement, the electoral body stated that it is independent and does not take instructions or directions from anybody or authority in discharging her mandate.
“The Commission will not be manipulated or intimidated or succumb to pressure in the performance of its mandate ” said IEBC.
Addressing supporters in Kamukunji, Nairobi, on Saturday, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula called on their supporters to stage sit-ins in all IEBC regional offices starting Monday to pile pressure on the commissioners to quit.
In press statement by the Communication Manager Andrew Limo, IEBC maintained it will hold steadfast to the law and render fair and just decisions adding that it is required by law to engage and involve the public generally and specific stakeholders in its processes and decision-making.
Limo said, such engagement was expected to be in a structured and organized manner devoid of intimidation, threats or malicious orchestrations and demonstrations.
“The statement attributed to the CORD coalition that they will storm IEBC on Monday is therefore, unfortunate, unnecessary and uncalled for”, he said.
IEBC, he added was an independent constitutional body charged with the conduct and management of elections and referenda in Kenya.
Limo said that the Commission has been in constant communication with the Okoa Secretariat / Cord Coalition before and in the aftermath of the verdict on the Okoa Initiative, which failed to meet the constitutional threshold.
“The Commission had advised the Okoa secretariat to send its technical team of experts to meet with ours to acquaint itself with the methodology used in the verification process. However this has not happened”, he added
He noted that the Commission further advised the Cord Coalition that in as far as the law is concerned; the Commission has discharged its role in the process.
“The Commission expects Cord and all citizens to uphold the rule of law as it demands the same of others. The Commission will not be manipulated or intimidated or succumb to pressure in the performance of its mandate. It will hold steadfast to the law and render fair and just decisions”, he said.
Limo further said that the Commission is committed to implementing the Election Operations Plan and taking other elaborate measures to ensure the next election will be free and flawless.
“These preparations will suffer if the Commission is subjected to frequent disruption, unfounded agitation, meddling and interference. We urge the public and all stakeholders to support and facilitate the Commission’s efforts of ensuring a free and fair election”, he said.
He added that the Commission remains committed to engagement with all players on all aspects of its work and the electoral process provided it is done within the law, with decorum and with due regards to its independence.