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Lawyers push for IEBC chair Issack Hassan to step aside over Chickengate scandal

KENYA
By Moses Nyamori | April 27th 2016

Lawyers have asked electoral agency chairman Issack Hassan to step aside over his alleged role in the 'Chickengate' scandal.

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Isaac Okero said the continued stay in office of Mr Hassan was a threat to free and credible 2017 elections.

Mr Okero said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman is yet to be cleared of his role in the procurement of the electronic voter registration kits, which failed in the 2013 General Election.

The society also condemned the use of teargas to disperse Opposition protesters terming it a violation of the right to picket.

CORD, led by Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang'ula and a host of other Opposition politicians, were on Monday dispersed using teargas when they attempted to storm the IEBC offices at Anniversary Towers.

Okero said Cabinet secretaries resigned over corruption allegations, and asked Hassan to follow suit and voluntarily step aside as the anti-corruption agency carried on with investigations into the scandal.

"Given that the General Elections is 16 months away, this situation is now a threat to democracy," he said.

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