In Summary
  • Ms Wahome said the problems bedevilling the country are caused partly by the inadequate involvement of political parties.
  • The proposal before JLAC wants the next IEBC to have four members, two men and two women, to be nominated by the Parliamentary Service Commission.

Parliament is leaning towards an Inter-Parties Parliamentary Group (IPPG) model for a reformed electoral body as efforts to strike a solution to restructure the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) go on behind the scenes.

At least two proposals are currently on the table, one by Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) chaired by Baringo North MP William Cheptumo and a second one by Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma, both seeking to reform IEBC ahead of 2022 elections.

With just a few differences, both proposals agree on one thing: Political parties deserve to be accommodated within IEBC as commissioners and the IPPG model fits the bill.

The proposals currently being shaped come at a time the spotlight has shifted to IEBC again in light of the report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi.

FIRE CHEBUKATI

In its report, PAC has recommended that the current IEBC commissioners led by chairman Wafula Chebukati should vacate office over claims of incompetence in the way they managed the 2017 elections.

“The commissioners were unable to offer urgent and decisive policy directions on procurement matters, compelling the secretariat to undertake direct procurement of all goods and services in a manner that was contrary to Article 227(1) of the Constitution insofar as it did not embody a process that was fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective,” the report reads.

Kandara MP Alice Wahome, who is JLAC vice chairperson, said the problems bedevilling the country are caused partly by the inadequate involvement of political parties.

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