By Ben Agina
Breaking their silence amid a storm that has rocked the IEBC over the tendering process on the Biometric Voter Registration system, the EU called on stakeholders to allow the chairman to implement its complex mandate free from of political interference.
The Commission has under criticism from politicians and civil society over claims that its tendering process on the BVR system creates a loophole for rigging elections.
But Commission chairman has since dismissed the allegations terming them as misplaced fears.
He warned politicians against interfering with the process of bidding tenders for biometric and digitized voter registration equipment.
Hassan added that the commission is an independent body that has a mandate in the article 88 of the constitution to compile and maintain the voter's roll and cannot therefore be influenced by anybody.
“This is fundamental to Kenya’s development and stability and to consolidate the gains for a new Kenya promised by the constitution,” they said in statement read Mr. Bernard Rey, Head of Operation, EU Delegation to Kenya.
The press briefing at the EU headquarters in Nairobi was also attended by Bart Ouvry (Belgium), Dr. Christian Turner (UK), Etienne de Poncins (France), Agis Loizou (Cyprus), Ann Dismorr (Sweden), Aleksander Kropiwnicki (Minister-Counsellor, Poland) and Ms. Emma Andersson, Programme Officer, Finland.