Six IEBC officials Raila wants excluded from planning repeat poll
- Ezra Chiloba (Commission Secretary and CEO)
- Betty Nyabuto – Deputy Commission Secretary (Operations).
- James Muhati, Director ICT
- Immaculate Kassait, Director Voter Registration and Elections Operations.
- Praxedes Tororey, Director Legal and Public Affairs.
- Moses Kipkogey, Manager Legal Department and Advisor to the CEO.
SEE ALSO :The curse of handshakePRESS STATEMENT ON THE FRESH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS Yesterday, we learnt through media reports that the IEBC plans to hold a fresh presidential election on 17th October 2017. The purported notification by the IEBC is both unconstitutional and unlawful to the extent that it calls for an election that is not provided for under Article 140 of the Constitution. Article 140 of the Constitution contemplates a fresh election in which any eligible Kenyan can participate including a candidate who may have not taken part in a previous election. It is also an erroneous interpretation of the law that only two candidates will participate in a fresh election. We condemn the fact that the IEBC did not consult the parties involved before making a determination on the date of the said election but seemed to be taking instructions from Mr. Matiang’i. It is our view that the date of the fresh election be a product of consultation with concerned parties and not a unilateral decision imposed on the people of Kenya. Given the special circumstances of the fresh elections, we believe that the IEBC should take measures to ensure that the fresh presidential election meets the standards contemplated under Articles 81, 86 and 138 of the Constitution and other relevant provisions of the law. The following considerations must inform the planning of the fresh presidential election. The IEBC has not purged the contempt it committed in regard to the orders of the Supreme Court. The IEBC is under obligation under Section 44 of the Elections Act to provide a system of technology that is transparent and verifiable. It is therefore inappropriate and foolhardy for the IEBC to embark on the planning of a fresh election without full compliance with the Supreme Court Orders and in the redeployment of technology in the fresh presidential election. We therefore demand audit of technology in full compliance with the law.
SEE ALSO :‘How we saved Kibaki from Raila’• Candidates’ agents should be part of receiving teams at the constituency and national tallying centers. Receiving teams to verify all Forms 34As delivered and confirm that accurate entries are made on the Forms 34Bs and sign off before announcement is made at the constituency level. Establish defined roles of the security agencies and eliminate undue influence by the provincial administration and other public officials: The IEBC has adequate protection under the Constitution and the law. Kenyans have made sufficient and appropriate investments in the Commission. Public officials engaged to work during elections must be known and their roles defined. There must be no role for the provincial administration and any security agencies that are not directly engaged by the Commission. Secure critical changes in the Secretariat: Independence of the IEBC is not negotiable. NASA coalition demands that fresh election should be administered by a professional and non partisan officials. We demand that officials who are partisan or perceived as such should step aside and or be suspended during the planning and execution of the fresh election. These officials include: 1. Ezra Chiloba (Commission Secretary and CEO) 2. Betty Nyabuto – Deputy Commission Secretary (Operations). 3. James Muhati, Director ICT 4. Immaculate Kassait, Director Voter Registration and Elections Operations. 5. Praxedes Tororey, Director Legal and Public Affairs. 6. Moses Kipkogey, Manager Legal Department and Advisor to the CEO. We note that the international community and the media have appreciated the concerns we raised before and after the election. They have lauded the Supreme Court judgment as historic and unprecedented. We call upon them not to be complacent or be misled during the planning and execution of the fresh election There will be no election on the 17th unless the specific demands herein are honoured. We demand nothing less than a fully transparent and accountable electoral process. IEBC seems anxious to reach an outcome it desires. Rigged elections are not only treasonable but destroy the republican and constitutional foundation upon which our government is established. The people, who are sovereign, are therefore justified to reject the establishment of such government. IEBC is becoming rogue and unhinged; it is turning out to be a tool of political bandits whose desire is to wield power outside the constitutional remit and edifice. We make these demands because the law requires that there should be transparent acquisition and disposal of information and communication technology assets and systems including the testing and certification of systems and mechanisms for systems audit. Stakeholders are entitled to access to electoral system software source codes. These are the statutory guarantee towards ensuring the conduct of free and fair elections. We demand no more and no less.
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