Nyamira se­na­tor wants elec­tions moved to 2018

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

Nyamira Se­na­tor Kennedy Mong’are wants the next elec­tions de­layed by a year.

Mong’are said the elec­tion sched­uled for Au­gust 8 should be held in March 2018.

“To avert chaos sim­i­lar to what we wit­nessed in 2007-08, we should de­lay the elec­tions to al­low for ap­pro­pri­ate prepa­ra­tions,” the se­na­tor said at a Kisii ho­tel on Sun­day.

Mong’are said the de­lay in ap­point­ment of the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion and in­suf­fi­cient bud­get for the agency will af­fect the elec­tions.

Com­mis­sion­ers will be in of­fice by De­cem­ber, ac­cord­ing to IEBC se­lec­tion panel chair­man Ber­nadette Musundi. The panel has al­ready ad­ver­tised the po­si­tions.

The Ford Kenya se­na­tor said the cur­rent elec­tions prepa­ra­tions are il­le­gal, adding that the IEBC is not prop­erly con­sti­tuted.

“The law is very clear that elec­tions must be pre­pared by a com­mis­sion and not the peo­ple who are do­ing it. We don’t have an elec­tion com­mis­sion,” said the se­na­tor, who is also an ad­vo­cate.

He went on, “As Kenyans we should ask our­selves, should we change the elec­tions date or hold elec­tions while we are ill pre­pared?”

The se­na­tor said some MPs fear dis­cussing the fun­da­men­tal is­sue be­cause they fear their party lead­ers. Mong’are told the clergy and the diplo­matic com­mu­nity to ini­ti­ate the process of post­pon­ing the elec­tions to avert a sit­u­a­tion sim­i­lar to the 2007-08.

“The re­cent demon­stra­tions over IEBC, which led to deaths and de­struc­tion of prop­erty, should be a warn­ing sign,” he said.

Mong’are said the coun­try has not learnt from the In­de­pen­dent Re­view Com­mis­sion on elec­tions, pop­u­larly known as the Krei­gler re­port.

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