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Just the other day President Uhuru Kenyatta in an address to the nation said that he had agreed to form a team that would seek to end the current stalemate on IEBC.

According to the president, he made the decision following consultations with speakers of the Senate and the National Assembly and religious leaders.

“A joint select committee of both Houses of Parliament will be set up in accordance with Standing Orders of both Houses with keen mandate exclusively limited to the matter of IEBC,” The President said.

He also called on the opposition, CORD to soften their stand on the issue and agree on seeking the resolutions on the matter. CORD has however rejected the proposal by President Uhuru Kenyatta to form a Joint Select Committee of Parliament to spearhead talks on the issues surrounding the IEBC. The opposition says as much as the move is aiming at trying to come  up with a solution to the stalemate, it does not cater for CORD’s demand for an out-of-Parliament dialogue process.

As this is happening, Peter Kenneth, former MP for Gatanga has joined in in calling for the IEBC commissioners. Through a Facebook post on his wall, Peter Kenneth there are still serious doubts over IEBC’s credibilty to run the next general elections. He says the commission cannot be trusted to preside over a free and fair elections.

You can also read IEBC should show cause why it should not be disbanded

Below is the post

AN OPEN LETTER TO ISSACK HASSAN AND IEBC COMMISSIONERS

It’s time

It’s time for you to step down and let the country move forward, how many more people shall die, get injured, businesses destroyed?

There are serious doubts over IEBC’s ability to preside over a free election in this country, without the results being clouded with doubts.

It you have not noticed the political debate is no longer about whether you will leave but the mechanics of your exit and how to replace you.

Forget the politics; forget the protests-the ultimate truth is your exit is already a foregone conclusion. It is a matter of when not if.

Do the honourable thing. EXIT

Save the government the tear gas and the bullets; save the protesters the energy and tears and the country the pointless drama.

Do the honourable thing. EXIT

Put country first; The country is Greater.

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Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has joined calls in calling for the disbandment of the IEBC.  The governor also condemned the ugly scenes that were witnessed yesterday during demonstrations by the opposition. He said expressed his dismay at the use by excessive force by the police towards demonstrators.

The scenes witnessed yesterday have sparked a debate over the Police brutality with Kenyans condemning them.

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Below is Kidero’s statement;

‘’I strongly condemn yesterday’s reckless and excessive use of force by the Kenyan Police to disperse peaceful demonstrators who have been calling for the removal of Commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and which has now led to the death of one of the protestors.

The violence exhibited yesterday undermines the gains made by Nairobi as the City to invest, work and live in. Investors thrive in an environment where they have confidence that the rule of law will be upheld and their properties will not be looted or destroyed. Everything should be done to ensure this confidence is not eroded as the city also prepares to host the second United Nations Environment Assembly and UNCTAD/TICAD conferences.

I am dismayed at the use of excessive force towards the demonstrators who were exercising their constitutional rights. This was totally uncalled for, the police are expected to protect wananchi and nothing can justify the physical attacks on peaceful demonstrators who were expressing themselves in a manner allowed by the Kenyan constitution. The government must immediately send clear instructions to the Police to stop this excessive use of force and prosecute officers who have used extreme force against protestors. The Kenyan government must respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Kenya.

IEBC must be disbanded they cannot be trusted to oversee free and fair elections.’’

In the meantime, the Inspector General of Police has ordered an internal investigations to the excessive use of force by the police yesterday.

‘’I condemn the lawlessness visited on the public by rioters yesterday and an internal inquiry is underway to determine to determine whether any police officer broke any law while quelling the riots’’ the Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet told reporters.

IEBC

Today the Standard Newspaper carried a story on How the Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC) has enlisted the Koreans to rig the next general elections.

According to the report, CORD co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka is claiming that a commissioner with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had visited Korea to seek help on programming the Biometric Voting Registers (BVRs) in readiness for election tampering.

IEBC has now come out strongly dismissing the allegation terming them as CORD’s systematic but unfounded misinformation and propaganda to discredit the Commission and preparations for the next General Elections.

IEBC says Commissioner Thomas Letangule, who is alleged to have taken the BVR kits to Korea for “tampering in readiness for elections,” traveled to Seoul to observe Korean parliamentary elections under the auspices of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB).

IEBC is a member of A-WEB, with which it has signed a memorandum of understanding on training and capacity building in election management. Under this MOU, IEBC staff have benefited from training and collaboration with 160 other electoral management bodies worldwide that A-WEB brings together.

”Mr. Musyoka’s remarks not only hurt the relationship we have nurtured with A-WEB for over two years, but also runs against the CORD Coalitions’ own calls for improvement of the IEBC capacity to manage elections” The commission said in statement.

Mr. Musyoka made the remarks during CORD’s second public demonstration in Nairobi demanding the removal of IEBC commissioners before next general elections.

 

 

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One of the topics that has dominated the headlines this weekend was the disbandment of IEBC. Leaders from different quarters, lead by the opposition are calling for its disbandment claiming it cannot be trusted.

One thing is clear though, IEBC lost credibility after the much publicized Chicken Gate Scandal where the chair Issack Hassan and his were linked to a Sh50 Million corrupt deals with Smith & Ouzman ahead of 2013 General elections. Little has been done to prosecute those involved and IEBC should stop thinking Kenyans have forgotten about this.

After the scanadal, the opposition listed down some demands. You can read about those demands here.

One of the demands the oppositing gave was the immediate resignation of all the officers and former officers mentioned in this scandal, their immediate arrest and their immediate prosecution. What has been done so far? Little if nothing.

The opposition made it clear that the IEBC should show cause why it cannot be disbanded, something which the electoral body has not done.

The opposition, the  NCCK, Catholic Church and even the Civil Society have already indicated their lack of trust the commission. If an institution loses trust in the people, what is so hard for them to resign? You cannot expect an institution which has been linked to a massive corruption scandal to be trusted to even conduct the next General election.

The Deputy President and other leaders have come out strongly attacking the opposition over the calls to disband IEBC. The DP yesterday said they don’t need IEBC to win the next elections. Honestly, no one cares about who wins the next elections or not, Kenyans want a credible institution which can be trusted to manage these elections. Kenyans are asking for impartiality, inclusiveness, transparency, integrity and accuracy which IEBC has failed to prove it is capable of doing.

On Monday morning, the opposition camped at the IEBC offices to call for its disbandment, it might have not been the right channel for CORD to use, well. The Jubilee coalition has on the other hand told CORD to use the legal means in disbanding the commission.  Bottom line, the  opposition needs to go home unless they show cause why they should remain in office.

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The official campaign period for the Kericho Senatorial and Malindi Member of National Assembly by-elections scheduled for Monday, March 07, 2016 ends on Saturday, March 05, 2016 at 6pm.

How prepared is the IEBC?

Here is some electoral data from them

Electoral data

Electoral Area Elective Position Constituencies Wards Polling Stations Registered Voters Candidates Election Officials
1. Kericho County Senator 6 30 623 290,947

 

6 3,214
2.

 

Malindi

Constituency

Member of National Assembly 1 5 100 55,853 7 550

Tallying Centres

No. Electoral Area Tallying Centre
1.       Malindi Constituency Barani Secondary School
Kericho County
2.      Kericho County Kericho Tea Secondary School
3.      Kipkelion East Constituency Londiani Town Hall
4.      Kipkelion West Constituency Kipkelion Town Hall
5.      Ainamoi Constituency Kericho Day Secondary School
6.      Bureti  Constituency St. Kizito Litein School
7.      Belgut Constituency Sosiot Girls Secondary School
8.      Sigowet/Soin  Constituency Moi Kipsitet Girls Secondary School

 Candidates

  Name Political Party
Member of Senate – Kericho County
1. Aaron Kipkirui Cheruiyot Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP)
2. David Kipkoech Mutai New Democrats (ND)
3. Wycliffe Kipkemoi Ngenoh Maendeleo Democratic Party (MDP)
4. Kipkorir Marisin Arap Sang Kenya African National Union (KANU)
5. Daniel Kipkorir arap Tonui The New Vision Party (NVP)
Member of National Assembly—Malindi Constituency
1. Attas Shariff Ali The Labour Party of Kenya (LPK)
2. Nelson Gunga Benjamin Federal Party of Kenya (FPK)
3. Philip Kitsao Charo Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP)
4. Peter Ponda Kadzeha Chama cha Uzalendo (CCU)
5. Katana Reuben Mwamure Kenya African Democratic Union-Asili (KADU-Asili)
6. David Mangi Kithunga Shirikisho Party of Kenya (SPK)
7. William Baraka Mtego Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)
IEBC

Today there were Chaos in Kariobangi over voter registration as youth groups clashed leaving several people injured.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is raising concerns over the rising incidents of insecurity in the ongoing Mass Voter Registration.

According to the commission, violence has been reported in parts of Nairobi occasioned by a high number of voter transfers. It adds that IEBC staff carrying out voter registration in Starehe, Mathare, Embakasi North and Ruaraka have been targeted by incumbent political leaders and aspirants mobilizing voters and their supporters to register.

”The Commission condemns this violence which is endangering the safety of IEBC staff and equipment, and putting the entire exercise at risk.  We call on the Police to act expeditiously to guarantee the security of our staff and protect potential voters from intimidation”, IEBC said in a statement.

Just today, some violence was also experienced in Kariobangi where two groups clashed over alleged voter importation and zoning during poll registration. Some injuries were reported creating so much tension in the area.

The Constitution and the Elections Act, 2011, Section 5(3), allows every Kenyan citizen who has attained the age of 18 years and has a valid national identity card or passport to apply and be registered as a voter. The registration is not conditional upon any factors such as place of birth, business or residence.

Besides registration of new voters, the Mass Voter Registration is also allowing voters who wish to change their polling stations to do so, as provided in law.

Section 7 (1) of the Elections Act allows voters who wish to transfer their registration to an electoral area other than the one they registered. However, voters can only do so ninety days before an election, and must physically fill the transfer form at the new electoral area they intend to vote. What happened in Kariobangi today should send a strong message to IEBC. What I am getting is the commission has not done enough education on the issue of registration transfer.

Not everyone knows about this and unless IEBC goes out and informs voters about this section we will be seeing more of what happened in Kariobangi.

The Commission says it is investigating and will take stern action against the perpetrators of violence or any form of interfere with the voter registration exercise, pursuant to the law.

After the Very damaging expose came out of a London court on how top IEBC official pocketed Sh50 Million in corrupt deals with Smith & Ouzman, the company that was contracted to supply election materials ahead of 2013 General elections, The opposition, was quick to respond and in a press statement that took place today afternoon, it has put a list of demands.

The opposition, led by Raila Odinga while issuing a statement on the IEBC corruption scandal (Source:Facebook)

The opposition, led by Raila Odinga while issuing a statement on the IEBC corruption scandal (Source:Facebook)

The opposition, led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga sais The integrity of the people who ran that process and the integrity of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the many other public institutions to which some of the former election officers have been deployed is in serious question.

”The case in London by the Serious Fraud Office puts our prosecution and our Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission to serious shame and credibility questions” It said.

CORD bleives that Smith & Ouzman, apart from giving bribes to the Kenya election officials, also printed additional ballot papers for Jubilee which were used to rig the 2013 Presidential elections. Also it is alleging that Gladys Shollei, who was fired as the Registrar of the Judiciary amidst similar corruption allegation, presided over the scrutiny of the IEBC tallying of the ballot on behalf of the Supreme Court in the 2013 election petition. Before joining the Judiciary, she was an official at IEBC and is implicated in the corruption at IEBC.

During the tallying scrutiny at the Supreme Court, CORD says Jubilee was represented by Mr Davis Chirchir (Mr. Chirchir is the current Energy Cabinet secretary in government) who was also a former colleague of Gladys Shollei at IEBC and is similarly implicated in this scandal.

According to CORD, Some former members of IEBC have gone ahead to be appointed to critical public positions like Cabinet Secretary for Energy, held by Mr Davis Chirchir. This same Chairman of IEBC, according to seeing nothing wrong with his conduct, is equally insisting on staying to manage our future elections. It should be noted that CORD has been calling for the sacking and disbandment of this commission.

”We maintain that we cannot let the past and its ghosts rest. We reject the doctrine of “accept and move on” while our nation suffers” 

CORD has now put the following demands
1. The immediate resignation of all the officers and former officers mentioned in this scandal, their immediate arrest and their immediate prosecution. The acountability must begin at the top with the arrest and prosecution of Mr Chirchir and Mr Hassan.
2. We demand the investigation and audit of all the commissioners and principal officers of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Such investigation must also be extended to the all those who worked with this commission but who have since been deployed elsewhere or sacked.
3. We demand answers on what the government knows and when they knew it. We refuse to be party to the conspiracy of silence. What is being adduced in court in London point to a serous, baffling and shameful integrity and credibility gap on the part of these present and former officers and an indictment of the Jubilee regime. It cannot be that Jubilee does not know what these officers did. We have an intelligence service that is required to do background checks on people before they are appointed to key public positions like that of Cabinet Secretary.
4. We demand that the EACC show cause why it cannot be disbanded, and investigations opened into its officers. This development puts to great shame our prosecutors, particularly the Director of Public Prosecutions and the anti-corruption agency officials who have yet to nail anyone for these offences.
5. We demand the immediate arrest of Mr Trevy James Oyombra who is reported to have been the Kenyan making hefty payouts to Kenyan officials to influence the award of printing contracts to the UK firm. He must be sought and held to account.
6. We demand that the Kenya Commercial Bank, to which money was transferred for Mr Oyombra for onward distribution, must help the investigations and disclose how much was transferred to the officials implicated.

”This scandal kills completely the credibility and global standing of our nation” it said . And it still insists that as the opposition, they have reason to believe that this international corruption network remains intact in government.

”It is wreacking more havoc on our economy, compromising provision of public services while at the same time raising the cost of those same services, shoddily rendered.” it added