IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati has ignored calls by the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) Executive Director David Kegoro to quit and disband the commission.
Kegoro had called out the commission on its conduct in the August and October elections .He appealed for the commission to be disbanded before the next election. He also called for discussions to be held to plan a new independent electorate body.
He was adamant that the leadership of IEBC secretariat to be improved and for that to happen the commission will need new leaders.
Kegoro said IEBC chairman and his team need to get ready for a changeover from office to let Kenyans premeditate a way forward in putting together a new electoral body.
“I believe Chebukati ought to tell Kenyans within what period the commissioner will leave office to let the country to have a substantive talk that is not tied down to the commissioners of the IEBC,”said Kegoro .
On the other hand Chebukati dismissed Kegoro’s annotations as personal views not reflecting the outlook of Kenyans and said there was a laid down modus operandi that states how they should leave office. Chebukati said that the commission was in office legally in accordance to the constitution and set laws.
“At the end of the day the commissioners are in office because of their competency, they did not just appear into office, they were questioned and brought into office by the nature of the constitutional provision and clear guidelines as to the term of office,” said Chebukati.
The Chairman said IEBC did a praiseworthy job to hold two elections within a period of three months and the Supreme Court had just verified so in their ruling. “As a commission we think we did two elections in three months which is a praiseworthy endeavor as an electoral body and I don’t believe there is any electoral body in Africa that has been able to do so,” said Chebukati.