Now professionals want role in IEBC talks
Chairman says they have played a critical role in constitutional review process and thus, should participate in the dialogue
The Association of Professional Societies in East Africa wants to be involved in the electoral reforms negotiations.
Chairman Steven Oundo yesterday said professionals have in the past played a critical role, particularly in the constitutional review process, and as such they have a vital role to play in the IEBC reform process.
“Due to the role that professionals play in all aspects of nation-building, it is our humble request that Apsea, as the joint forum and umbrella body of professional societies from various disciplines, be involved in the reconstitution of the IEBC in order to ensure professionalism,” Oundo said in a statement.
Apsea brings together professional associations different disciplines.
Oundo, who was flanked by 30 professionals, said the constitution, the supreme law that binds all citizens and state agencies, must be followed when removing the embattled commissioners.
“For the greater good of the country, we appeal for continued peace and speedy dialogue from a cross-section of institutions — state organs, professionals, churches and civil society,” he said.
Oudo addressed the media at 30 from Professional Centre, Nairobi.
Cord co-principals Raila Odinga, Moses Wetang’ula and Kalonzo Musyoka say the IEBC bosses must leave office if the next general election is to be free,fair and transparent.
Some of the commissioners have said they are willing to resign.
Oundo said engaging of professionals in negotiations over reforms is important.
On whether there is enough time to reform the commission before the next elections, the professionals said there is need to speed up reforms to avoid pushing back the polls, which is only possible through a constitutional ammendmentsaying conducting referendum to change the constitution is far-fetched.