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Muturi admits to receiving petition to disband IEBC

05 June 2014, 15:15 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi confirmed to Parliament that he has received a petition seeking the removal of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Isaac Hassan and eight other commissioners.

Muturi said the petition signed by Robert Buke Wafula seeks the disbandment of IEBC saying its officers engaged in serious violation of the Constitution and showed gross misconduct in performing their functions and duties as constitutional commissioners.

“In accordance with paragraph (3) of Standing Order 230, this petition shall stand committed to the Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs for consideration,” read a statement from the Speaker’s office to the media.

The Justice and Legal Affairs committee will guide the House by tabling the report findings on whether the petition satisfies the grounds for removal of the IEBC officers as provided in Chapter 251, Article 1 and 2 of the Constitution.

“The Committee has 14 days within which to submit a report to the House as required under paragraph (4) of the Standing Order 230. Once the Committee tables its report, the House will have 10 days to decide whether or not the Petition contains a valid ground for removal of the members,” added Muturi’s statement.

In his petition to National Assembly, Wafula sought the House to resolve the petitions disclosed grounds for removal of IEBC commissioners and the Parliament to recommend President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint a tribunal to investigate the named officers as required by the Constitution.

This comes at a time when the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) is urging the government to hold a national dialogue in July on challenges facing the country where its call for disbandment of IEBC is among the agendas to be discussed.

However, the ruling Jubilee coalition has rejected Cord’s call for the dialogue especially the disbandment of electoral body and stating that the opposition’s issues should be forwarded to Senate by the Senate’s Minority Leader, Moses Wetang’ula who is also Cord’s co-principal.

The Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) Chairman, Charles Nyachae had warned that the government should adhere to Constitution’s provisions before engaging in the proposed national dialogue with the opposition to limit cases of contravening the country’s supreme law.   

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