We have au­ton­omy to pick au­di­tor - IEBC

‘The law doesn’t peg the au­dit process on con­sent from stake­hold­ers or par­ties’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - FELIX OLICK @TheS­tarKenya

The IEBC does not have to con­sult any­one when choos­ing the firm to au­dit the voter reg­is­ter, chief Ezra Chiloba has said.

Yes­ter­day he said the com­mis­sion will not be in­flu­enced by third par­ties when over­see­ing the elec­tion. The state­ment comes a day af­ter top Cord lead­ers said Deputy Pres­i­dent William Ruto and ICT Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Joe Mucheru have been meet­ing with IEBC of­fi­cials to influence the polls.

In a re­sponse ad­dressed to Cord CEO Nor­man Ma­gaya, Chiloba said the Elec­tion Laws (Amend­ment) Act 2016 al­lows the com­mis­sion to de­ter­mine the re­quire­ments the firm hired to au­dit the voter reg­is­ter should ful­fil. He said and it does not have to seek con­sent from stake­hold­ers. “You will ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that Sec­tion 8A of the Elec­tions Act as amended does not peg the au­dit process on con­sent or con­cur­rence by stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Fur­ther, the scope of the au­dit will be de­ter­mined by the au­di­tor and not the com­mis­sion,” Chiloba said. In a let­ter de­liv­ered to IEBC last week, Ma­gaya al­leged the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion wants to wa­ter down the level of the au­dit. On Tues­day, Cord co-chair­men James Orengo, John­son Muthama and Eseli Simiyu said the IEBC should halt ev­ery ex­er­cise cur­rently un­der­taken in re­gard to elec­tion laws.

“This in­cludes the ad­ver­tise­ment and the award of ten­ders for elec­tion ma­te­ri­als,” Eseli said Cord had also rub­bished the draft ICT reg­u­la­tions de­vel­oped by the IEBC, say­ing they fall way be­low the stan­dard en­vis­aged in the law. But Chiloba said the reg­u­la­tions were widely shared with stake­hold­ers.


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