We have autonomy to pick auditor - IEBC
‘The law doesn’t peg the audit process on consent from stakeholders or parties’
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.
ELECTORAL AGENCY WRITES TO CORD, SAYS IT WON’T BE INFLUENCED BY THIRD PARTIES