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IEBC cleared of malpractice by parliamentary committee

18 July 2014, 12:10 William Korir

Nairobi - A parliamentary committee has cleared the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision IEBC of charges related to malpractice before and during the March 2013 General election.

The committee on Justice and Legal affairs further recommended that parliament ignore a petition by a political activist seeking the disbandment of the IEBC, the sacking of its nine commissioners and their criminal prosecution.

The activist a MR Arthur Wafula Buke had in his petition asked parliament to disband the IEBC and charge the commissioners for gross misconduct, violation of the Constitution and incompetence.

He had also wanted chairman Isack Hassan charged for invoking the buying and use of the Biometric Voting Kit BVR, saying it had been proven before hand that it was unfit to deliver on the demands of a huge election like it was in March 2013.

But the 29 person commitee in its ruling, said that there was no concrete evidence provided to show that there had indeed been gross misconduct on the side of the IEBC.

" The matter of the purchase of the BVR kit has already been tried in court where the relevant persons in-charge of the process have been prosecuted. The blame does not in any way lie on the part of the commissioners, the report said.

The CORD coalition has been seeking the removal of the IEBC officials and its disbandment but this latest report will likely make it difficult to achieve that goal in parliament.

It is however worth noting that some MPs who are part of the committee were of the opinion that the IEBC bosses be reprimanded for mistakes made during the elections.

CORD is in the meantime seeking a referendum in which matters IEBC will be brought up, with the coalition seeking to completely get rid of the electoral body.

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