Nyamira senator wants elections moved to 2018
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.