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Farah Maalim calls for reforms at IEBC before repeat poll



The former National Assembly   deputy speaker Farah Maalim has called for radical reforms and changes at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for credible elections on October 17.

Maalim stated that changes at IEBC is not a matter for NASA or Jubilee but is an issue that touches on the interests of all Kenyans.

Maalim said that similar mistakes witnessed in the bungled August 8 presidential election will occur if proper changes and reforms are not constituted at the Wafula Chebukati led the electoral commission.

Farah Maalim who unsuccessfully contested for the Garissa Township MP seat said that Kenyans have no faith in the IEBC as it is now.

“Kenyans want to know what led to the nullification of the presidential election and we have got to the root of the issues before we can go for fresh presidential election,” he said.

He pointed out that IEBC staff who could have interfered with the August 8  presidential election that was nullified by the Supreme Court must be investigated and prosecuted.

The IEBC has been in the spotlight following the nullification of the presidential election by the Supreme Court early this month.

Last week, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati wrote a 12 point memo to the commission Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ezra Chiloba asking him to explain how and why the August 8 presidential election was bungled.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has since said that he will not go for repeat poll unless Chiloba and other officers who allegedly bungled the election exit the office.

Jubilee has however rubbished NASA demands to IEBC, saying that Raila is afraid of the repeat poll.

Early this week, IEBC commissioners held a two-day retreat in Naivasha to discuss internal issues and chart way forward for the repeat presidential poll.

Chebukati says that the commission is ready for fresh poll adding that no staff has been sacked.

President Kenyatta will face off with Odinga in the repeat poll on October 17.

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