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Keep off IEBC, Hassan tells Raila

22 May 2015, 14:30 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Keep off the IEBC, CORD leader Raila Odinga has been told by Commision chairman Isack Hassan.

Hassan has been frustrated by efforts by Odinga's CORD coalition to enact changes in the IEBC, stemming from a far from convincing 2013 General Elections, which The CORD coalition faulted the Commision for its losses.

The CORD coalition in its proposed Okoa Kenya Referendum campaign is looking to have reforms enacted in the IEBC, a move that has destabilized the Commision.

Recently, CORD leaders claimed that they would boycott the 2017 General elections unless the IEBC was changed and Hassan has finally lost patience with the opposition.

The Chairman said the commission has a constitutional duty and external interference will not be tolerated.

" Politicians must stop blaming the independent commission for their loss in elections and instead work hard to convince their electorate on why they should vote them in come 2017, he said Friday during a voter education exercise.

Hassan added further that the commission had made recommendations to the  Parliamentary Justice and Legal Affairs committee on amendments to the Elections Act.

" Among the key recommendations by IEBC is to have political parties hold their nominations 90 days before the elections as opposed to the current 45 days," he stated.

" We also want education qualifications for MPs, Senators and Members of County Assemblies raised as they perform crucial legislative roles and as such should be held accountable”, he added. 

The IEBC is currently undertaking a voter education and registration campaign that will seek to add as man as 8 million voters to the voting registrar ahead of the 2017 elections.

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