IEBC boss holds talks with Raila
06 July 2015, 17:34
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga hosted the newly appointed Chief Executive Office of the IEBC, Mr Ezra Chiloba when the latter paid him a courtesy call at his Capitol Hill office to introduce himself.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Senator James Orengo (Siaya) and Senator Hassan Omar (Mombasa) alongside CORD Head of Secretariat Mr Norman Magaya in the deliberations that lasted several hours.
The former PM made it clear to the CEO that it is the constitutional responsibility of the institution he heads to ensure free and fair elections so that the democratic will of the people may prevail.
He went further to add that the buck must not be passed to political parties citing that the complete overhaul and reform of the IEBC is an irreducible minimum ahead of the 2017 polls.
Raila also explained to the CEO the manner in which eligible Kenyans have been disenfranchised in the past from the electoral process by denial of national identity cards and denial of the opportunity to register as voters. He warned against a repeat of the same noting that there already exists what appears to be a deliberate ploy to deny national identity cards to eligible Kenyans in perceived CORD strongholds.
" It is vital that the IEBC plays a part in ensuring that there is fairness in the allocation of ID's," the CORD leader stressed.
Further to this, there also appears to be little effort towards registering new voters in these areas ahead of 2017.
The Prime Minister also took issue with the launch of the IEBC Strategic Plan set for this coming Thursday, an exercise that has been shrouded in secrecy and conducted to the exclusion of stakeholders.
He put forward the concern of the political parties in opposition that the IEBC only appears to consult the political parties currently in power, a oversight that he expects to be rectified with immediate effect.
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