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Issack Hassan dismisses calls for his resignation

06 June 2014, 10:24

Nairobi - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Ahmed Issack Hassan, has dismissed calls for his resignation arguing resigning would equate to admission of guilt.

Hassan said calls for the disbandment of the current electoral body were invalid and were not in good faith.

He added that Kenyans should allow the electoral body to grow and not disband it just because it had a “few challenges.”

“Electoral bodies should not be disbanded after every elections,” said Hassan.

Hassan was reacting to sentiments expressed by the opposition leaders who have repeatedly called for the disbandment of the electoral body.

The IEBC chairman said that even though the body faced challenges, it was largely successful owing to the fact that it presided over the largest number of elections in the history of Kenya.

“Out of more than 1 800 candidates, only 170 have contested the results and 25 have gone to by-elections. There are five petitions pending in court,” said Hassan.

Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, during his address at a rally at Uhuru Park on Sunday, following his arrival from his three-month stay in the United States, called on the government to convene a national dialogue which would discuss among other things, the disbandment of the current IEBC saying that it should not be allowed to conduct the next elections.

 – CAJ News

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