NAIROBI: Employees at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) have said they are ready to be vetted.
IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezrah Chiloba said yesterday that the workers were not opposed to calls for their vetting as the country cleans up the commission ahead of the 2017 General Election.
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Mr Chiloba said they were having “internal discussions” over the matter.
“IEBC staff do not oppose vetting. But they want a process that is free and fair,” he added.
The employees also raised concerns over its timing, saying it would affect their morale since it was coming at a time when the commission is preparing to implement its election operations plan.
“Their worry is whether they should prepare for the General Election or spend time preparing their defence,” he added.
Chiloba spoke at Strathmore University yesterday during a forum on electoral reforms. He was responding to former Law Society of Kenya executive Apollo Mboya who said some IEBC workers should be sent home.
He gave an example of a returning officer in Mathare, who declared the loser in the 2013 parliamentary election, the winner.
He said the commission will continue with election preparations even as talks to send the commissioners home go on.
“The political issues will be resolved but our clear pathway to elections as Kenyans is the most important thing,” he added.
He said Parliament should fast-track talks on electoral reforms to enable the commission continue with its operation plans smoothly.
He said sending the commission home would paralyse operations since some functions cannot be discharged by the secretariat. “The secretariat cannot certify the register. It can also not announce date for a by-election,” he explained.