Senate starts formal process to kick out four IEBC commissioners

The petition was featured in the Senate order paper yesterday but was set aside for debate today. It means the fate of the commissioners will now be in the hands of Parliament.

The future of the entire commission hangs in limbo as Chebukati and commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye are set to exit next year after the expiry of their six year term.

"It is notified that the Senate Business Committee has approved the following tentative business to appear on the Order Paper for Thursday, October 13, 2022," reads the order paper. Methu wants the Senate to institute reforms at the IEBC after the August 9 elections. "The Senate calls upon the IEBC to affect the legal, policy, and institutional reforms recommended by the Supreme Court ruling on the petition," Methu said.

He said the mandate of tallying and verification of votes is vested in the commission collectively and cannot be conducted with the exclusion of any member.

The order paper further that as a direct result of the conduct of the four, the country was plunged into a state of disquiet and uncertainty that resulted in questions being raised on the legitimacy and legality of the results.

"Noting that the four commissioners did not provide information or evidence to substantiate their accusations that the chair had compromised the process," he said.

Methu claimed the four attempted to defeat the sovereign will of the people espoused in Article 138(10) of the Constitution.