Raila's new onslaught on IEBC
SEE ALSO :Drop in banks’ profit denies State Sh69bThe renewed attack on IEBC is reminiscent of the push by the Opposition to have the then Isaak Hassan-led commission disbanded ahead of the 2017 polls. The leaders also resolved that there would be no elections in 2022 unless the causes of the irregularities and illegalities witnessed in 2017 were identified and addressed. Electoral justice “We urge all our members to singularly focus on electoral justice and vacate all discussions of 2022 elections,” they said in the statement after a three-hour meeting at Hemmingways Hotel, Nairobi. The leaders' position casts doubt on whether the boundary review will be undertaken in time for the next polls.
SEE ALSO :Raila runs into protest against taxThe commission is required to review the names and boundaries of constituencies at intervals of not less than eight years and not more than 12 years. Any review should be completed at least 12 months before a General Election. The Opposition leaders said they would dedicate their efforts in the coming months to the realisation of electoral justice, including reforms at IEBC, the laws governing it and the nature of the relationship it maintains with State agencies that influence its operations. They accused the Jubilee government of plotting to have a 'friendly' IEBC team to create new constituencies ahead of the 2022 polls. Although NASA reiterated its willingness to give dialogue a chance, the leaders said time for a national conversation was running out. The four expressed their unease with a Bill being pushed by MP William Kamket to create a one-term, seven-year president and an executive prime minister as head of Government, describing it as a Jubilee plot to jump the gun on electoral reforms.
SEE ALSO :IEBC: We have not fired Chiloba“The (NASA) coalition will shortly convene a joint Parliamentary Group meeting to cement its position on these matters and particularly on the matter of electoral justice,” they said.