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Dujis MP Aden Duale has defended the Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission and instead accused some MPs and politicians of interfering with its work . While speaking at Garissa High School over the weekend during the commissioning of the school's stimulus programme projects, Duale took issue with his fellow parliamentarians reaction regarding the biometric voter registration tender awarded to symphony by the IEBC.

Some MPs have come out in sharp criticism of the commission accusing it of corruption and favoritism in awarding the tender. "It is very unfortunate to see how some MPs are quick to criticise others even without thinking of the impact their utterances may have later. They are forgetting that it is such reckless talk and criticism of the then Electoral Commission of Kenya that plunged this country into chaos and bloodshed, " Duale said.

He added: "IEBC is an independent institution capable of running its own affairs well. It has done well in the past and such a small issue should not make us start doubting them, if anything we need to support them, blaming them will only make matters worse since we will be killing their morale". He took issue with some MPs who he said are using funerals and public rallies to criticise the commission saying that doing so would only arouse suspicion among Kenyans who have trust in the elections body.

He asked fellow MPs and the public to accept the courts verdict that the elections would be held march next year and end the topic once and for good. "Why should we keep on talking about one thing for months, the election date was long decided by our courts,some selfish politicians have even started calling for August next year polls, there is no need talking about the same thing over and over again and tackle more serious issues affecting them," he said.

On the KCSE exam cancellation where 1,600 students were affected in the province, Duale said that the report would be tabled in parliament when it re-opens on Tuesday. "Somebody's head will have to roll over on this matter, we will not allow the lives of our children to jeopardized by a person who was not competent enough in his job," he added.

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