Change in IEBC law approved by Parliament committee

Winds of change at IEBC

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati with Commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu

The National Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved the publication of a proposed amendment to the IEBC clause in the Elections Act.

The IEBC Amendment Bill 2019, sponsored by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, aims to provide legal framework to reconstituting the commission in a case where commissioners resign.

"The consent of the budget committee means we are now awaiting its publication by the Government Printer ahead of its tabling in the House.

"It will ensure the IEBC functions like a machine," JLA committee chair William Cheptumo.

11-member selection panel

The Bill proposes formations of an 11-member selection panel that will be charged with reconstituting IEBC once a vacancy arises.

According to the proposed law, the selection panel would be directed to pick candidates from EACC, COTU, LSK, Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) and Public Service Commission (PSC).

Mr Cheptumo explained that the proposed law will resolve the current situation at the commission that has been running with Chairman Wafula Chebukati and two other commissioners.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has also been unable to reconstitute the commission after Dr Roselyn Akombe, Paul Kurgat, Margaret Mwachanya and Consolata Nkatha Maina resigned.

The Budgets Committee had to peruse the Bill due to the financial requirements that would affect budgetary allocations from Treasury.

The Bill will proceed to Attorney General Kihara Kariuki who will then forward it to the government printer for publication.

Cheptumo and his team will table it before Parliament when it resumes from a short recess on April 23.

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