Cord in new bat­tle with IEBC for ‘vi­o­lat­ing’ elec­toral laws

‘One can only con­clude the com­mis­sion is hell­bent on mu­ti­lat­ing the new laws’

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Cord has opened a new bat­tle­front against the IEBC ac­cus­ing it of vi­o­lat­ing the spirit of the newly en­acted elec­toral laws.

In a let­ter to IEBC chief Ezra Chiloba, the op­po­si­tion lists four grounds to prove the com­mis­sion is al­legedly act­ing with im­punity.

Cord sec­re­tariat CEO Nor­man Ma­gaya ac­cused the com­mis­sion of ad­vo­cat­ing the amend­ment of the law based on what he termed “pretentious propositions”.

“In a nut­shell and vide this let­ter, we of­fi­cially wish to reg­is­ter our dis­plea­sure with the man­ner in which the com­mis­sion is ex­e­cut­ing its func­tions and warn that the coali­tion will not hes­i­tate to de­ploy both po­lit­i­cal and ex­trapo­lit­i­cal as well as le­gal and ex­trale­gal mea­sures to stamp out this im­punity,” he said.

On Oc­to­ber 26, IEBC com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager An­drew Limo told the Star the com­mis­sion is sat­is­fied with the new laws.

He dis­missed Cord’s claims that the IEBC had se­cretly spon­sored suits in the High Court to nul­lify sev­eral key sec­tions of the elec­toral laws.

“We have no prob­lem with the new laws. When it raises the bud­get, it’s the Na­tional Trea­sury’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to bridge the gap. When it gives no room for po­lit­i­cal party nom­i­na­tions dis­putes, it’s the par­ties them­selves that must mit­i­gate the chal­lenge,” Limo said.

But in their let­ter dated Oc­to­ber 3, the Raila Odinga-led coali­tion said the IEBC wants to wa­ter down the level of the au­dit of the voter reg­is­ter.

Dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions on elec­toral re­forms, the team agreed to hire “a rep­utable pro­fes­sional firm” to con­duct a foren­sic au­dit of the reg­is­ter.

Cord also rub­bished the draft ICT reg­u­la­tions de­vel­oped by the IEBC, say­ing they fall way be­low the stan­dard en­vis­aged in law.

“One can only con­clude that the com­mis­sion is hell­bent on mu­ti­lat­ing the new laws. In their cur­rent form, the draft reg­u­la­tions sub­stan­tively wa­ter down the pro­vi­sions set out in law both in let­ter and in spirit,”Ma­gaya said.

Cord also took is­sue with the IEBC’s pro­cure­ment of key elec­toral ma­te­ri­als be­fore new com­mis­sion­ers are in­stalled, terming it il­le­gal.

The com­mis­sion has be­gan the multi­bil­lion-shilling pro­cure­ment of elec­tion ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing bal­lot pa­pers.

“As it is now, the IEBC has no com­mis­sion­ers af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of the nine of­fi­cials and there­fore the pro­cure­ment be­ing un­der­taken lack pol­icy guid­ance and are there­fore laden with il­le­gal­i­ties,” Ma­gaya said.

Limo said the ten­der process con­forms to com­mis­sion-ap­proved work plans. “It’s a lengthy process and we would like to avoid last-minute pro­cure­ment which was our un­do­ing last time,” he said.

/HEZRON NJOROGE

IEBC chief Ezra Chiloba makes a pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing a Kenya Par­lia­men­tary Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion and Na­tional as­sem­bly re­treat in Mom­basa on Au­gust 19

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