IEBC to conduct Jubilee Party nominations

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and his team on Friday met with the Jubilee Party officials at the party’s headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi to discuss on the modalities of the nomination process of party aspirants.

Jubilee Party secretariat head Raphael Tuju and IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati during a meeting with IEBC commissioners at Jubilee House, Pangani, February 17, 2017.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and his team on Friday met with the Jubilee Party officials at the party’s headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi to discuss on the modalities of the nomination process of party aspirants.

The party had earlier asked the electoral body to help them in conducting its internal primaries ahead of the August polls in order to ensure free and fair nominations.

The IEBC and the Jubilee Party agreed to pick a team of six (three from each side) to agree on how the commission will conduct the party nominations.

Chebukati said the commission will be engaging all stakeholders towards ensuring a free and fair election in August.

According to the election laws (amendment) act 2016, IEBC can be requested by a party to conduct and supervise its nominations for presidential, parliamentary or county elections.

Rigging claims

Tuju blamed the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) for alleging that the Jubilee Party government is planning on rigging the general elections in partnership with IEBC.

"We all know that neither the government nor the opposition can rig an election if at all this was to happen it would be done by an electoral body," he said.

The opposition argued that there was no legal framework to address how IEBC will conduct internal party primaries and who will fund the exercise.

The Kenya National Commission of Human Rights (KNCHR) is also opposed to the electoral body conducting party primaries.

KNCHR vice chairman George Morara told the Senate committee on legal affairs last month that the move would be expensive for taxpayers.

Morara said that would also be forcing Kenyans to fund primaries for parties they do not subscribe to.

However, Chebukati said they will approach the Treasury through the Parliament to fund for the nominations as they had no budget for that.

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