By Machuki Dennson
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioners are not about to leave the office yet despite calls by the opposition to leave by 1st of October. The deputy president William Samoei Arap Ruto speaking in Kisii on Friday suggested that the commissioners may leave office as from 4th of October when the recently signed law comes into effect.
Ruto indicated that there will be no vacuum in the IEBC and that the current commissioners will leave when new commissioners get into the office. The DP said this in is Kisii tour where he laid a foundation stone for Ibeno Kenya Medical College Nyaribari Chache constituency.
“The Executive and Parliament will ensure there is no gap in the electoral commission once commissioners leave office” said the Ruto
Ruto was accompanied by a section of gusiiland leaders including the deputy governor Kisii county Joash Maangi, Kisii senator Chris Obure and Charles Nyachae among other leaders.
Ruto’s comments come just a day after the CORD coalition threatened to resume street protests against the 9 IEBC commissioners. On Thursday ODM Chairman John Mbathi while in Kilgoris asked the party leader Raila Odinga to call for fresh demonstrations until the commissioners leave.
The CORD leaders are accusing the Jubilee government of delaying intentionally the commissioners’ exit even after a bill was passed in both houses approving appointment of new commissioners to assume office.
The country is waiting to hear the outcome of the exit negotiation between the government and the IEBC commissioners who rescheduled yesterday’s meeting with the government to Friday. IEBC has said the August 8th 2017 date for general election remains unchanged. It has also assured Kenyans that the challenges of new timeliness are manageable, especially with support and goodwill of all.
The recent law assented to by the president proposes voter registration to be closed six months to General Election an exercise that should be completed and inspected by new commissioners in office.
IEBC Commissioners to stay longer in the office
By Machuki Dennson