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MPs to be recalled to vet IEBC nominees

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By Adow Jubat | January 4th 2017
Aden Duale said the Speaker is expected to call a one-day special sitting so that the House can either adopt or reject the report on the IEBC nominees. (Photo: Boniface Okendo/Standard)

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has said MPs might be recalled to vet the electoral agency nominees.

Speaking to the Press in Garissa town, Mr Duale said once the Speaker receives names of nominees for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman and commissioners from the President, he will automatically send them to the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.

The committee will then commence the process of vetting and subsequently table its report on the nominees for approval or rejection.

"By tomorrow, we expect the Speaker to call a one-day special sitting so that the House can either adopt or reject the report on the IEBC nominees," he said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated Wafula Chebukati for the position of IEBC chairman and six commissioners; Consolata Nkatha Bucha, Boya Molu, Roselyn Akombe, Paul Kurgat, Margaret Wanjala Mwachanya and Abdi Guliye.

The Garissa Township lawmaker insisted Mr Chebukati and the commission's Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba are not related in anyway, adding that he was nominated through a fair, competitive and transparent process.

"The two went to different interviews at different times and they all got the positions in a very fair and competitive interview process. There is nowhere in the Constitution that says the IEBC chairman and CEO should not come from the same community," he added.

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