MP wants political parties denied slots in selection panel to hire IEBC bosses
07 June 2016, 15:34
Nairobi - Bumula MP Boniface Otsiula yesterday criticized the proposal by a parliamentary committee for the formation of a bipartisan seven-member selection panel to assist in hiring new electoral bosses.
Otsiula said Jubilee and Cord coalitions should be barred from nominating two people each to the panel and the Public Service Commission given full responsibility of conducting the recruitment.
National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs committee chaired by Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga on Tuesday agreed PSC to competitively recruit the remaining three persons who should not be members any political party to the panel.
The proposed seven names could then be taken to parliament for approval before being appointed by the President.
"The panel needs to be independent and bipartisan but when you put in representatives of political parties its bipartisan is lost. They come with vested interests. Why should we allow PSC to do dismal work? If they are asking it to give us three people, they can as well give us seven," said Otsiula, also a member of Chepkonga's committee.
The committee proposed selection panel, however, does not give immediate solution to Cord's ongoing push for reforms and replacement of current Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission bosses ahead of 2017 polls.
Opposition leaders are demanding dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to resolve the electoral commission row failing which they will resort to their usual nationwide Monday anti-IEBC protests.
Cord leader Raila Odinga while addressing his supporters Wednesday at Uhuru Park in marking Madaraka Day said they are waiting President Kenyatta to give five names of persons to represent the Jubilee in dialogue.
Odinga revealed to the crowd Cord has already identified its five representatives in the talks with the government.
The Bumula MP also said denying political parties slots on the selection panel and the recruitment of the proposed five commissioners solely done by PSC will limit the hiring of electoral bosses based on complaints by party leaders.
"If this is so, we will be vetting or appointing this people depending on convenience. If it is Jubilee or Cord complaining then commissioners are replaced. That is not going to bring stability in this country," warned Otsiula.
Chepkonga said his committee has agreed to work with the House Committee on Implementation of the Constitution chaired by Githunguri MP Njoroge Baiya to conduct nationwide public hearings on the proposed electoral reforms from this month.
"We will continue to discharge our responsibility including hearing views from any MP from any quarter to have an agreement as to the electoral reforms we would like to see in this country to ensure we have credible, fair elections in 2017." he said.
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