6 June 2014

Kenya: MPs Seek Public Views On Petition Against IEBC

Nairobi — The National Assembly is now seeking views from the public on a petition to remove the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners from office.

This is after Speaker of the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi directed the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee to scrutinise the petition filed by activist Wafula Buke, seeking the removal of IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan and eight commissioners for "gross violation of the Constitution."

The eight include Lilian Mahiri-Zaja, Abdullahi Sharawe, Thomas Letangule, Mohamed Alawi Hussun, Albert Bwire, Kule Galma Godana, Yusuf Nzibo and Muthoni Wangai.

The House committee will guide MPs by tabling the report findings on whether the petition satisfies the grounds for removal of the IEBC officers as provided in Chapter 251, Article 1 and 2 of the Constitution.

Members of the public have until Friday next week to submit their presentations to the committee led by Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga on the suitability or otherwise of the IEBC chairperson and other commissioners.

In his petition, Buke wants Parliament to find that the commission violated the Constitution in the manner it handled the disputed presidential poll where President Uhuru Kenyatta beat CORD leader Raila Odinga.

Odinga petitioned the election at the Supreme Court and lost after the court upheld the declaration of President Kenyatta as the winner of the presidential poll.

In his petition, Buke alleges that the nine commissioners were incompetent in the management of the elections and wants them removed pursuant to Article 251 (a) and (b) of the Constitution.

"He also prays that this House recommends to the President to form a tribunal for their removal. I, therefore, direct the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee to deliberate on the petition and file its report on or before June 10, 2014," Muturi said in his Communication to the House.

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