US,UK envoys hail deal on IEBC reform

By Beth Nyaga

The United States and United Kingdom Governments have welcomed the agreement between Jubilee and the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) to table a motion in Parliament to resolve the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stalemate.

US Ambassador Robert Godec and British High Commissioner Nic Hailey urged both sides to promote good faith in the talks over the future of the IEBC.

The two envoys say the Kenyan public’s confidence in the electoral institutions and process is key in ensuring free, fair, peaceful, and credible elections next year.

This comes barely a day after CORD announced it had reached a deal with Jubilee to table a motion in both National Assembly and the Senate to form a joint select committee to discuss the IEBC issue.

Cord said a deal had been reached and they were ready to give a joint select committee, comprising members of the two coalitions, a mandate to start its work.

CORD will be represented by Senators Johnson Muthama (Machakos), Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni) and James Orengo (Siaya), MPs Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren) , Junet Mohamed (Suna East) and Hellen Sambili (Mogotio) and Mombasa Women Representative Mishi Mboko.

Jubilee is yet to make official the team that will represent it in the talks.

A motion to give the mandate to the team is due for tabling in Parliament.


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