President declares IEBC Commissioners' seats vacant
07 October 2016, 10:05
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared the seats of IEBC Chairperson and eight other commissioners vacant.
This follows their resignation on Wednesday.
"His Excellency the President has, pursuant to Section 7A of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act, declared the particular vacancies in the Offices of the Chairperson and Members of the IEBC, vide a Special Kenya Gazette Notice issued today," read a statement from the Presidency Thursday.
The resignations at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are the result of cross-party talks to address grievances voiced at weekly protests that began in April in which at least four people were killed, raising concerns of a return to election-related violence.
The President thanks the outgoing commissioners and asked them to serve their notice period while still in office, as the recruitment of a new team kicks off..
"In line with the First Schedule to the IEBC Act, the next step in the rejuvenation of the Polls Body is for the Parliamentary Service Commission to convey to H.E. the President the names of the nine nominees to Selection Panel; for His Excellency the President’s consideration and appointment.
"The outgoing Commissioners will now serve their Notice Period while in Office; the expiry of which shall coincide with the incoming Commissioners taking the Oath of Office. In this regard, there shall be no lacuna or constitutional crisis engendered by their being no substantive IEBC Commissioners in Office during this transitional period," he said.
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