Don’t ma­nip­u­late se­lec­tion of IEBC bosses, say 5 MPs

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

The se­lec­tion of IEBC com­mis­sion­ers should be de­void of po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence, five MPs have said. They called for ob­jec­tiv­ity and trans­parency in the process.

Nd­hiwa MP Agostino Neto said cur­tail­ing the free­dom of the com­mit­tee tasked with se­lect­ing com­mis­sion­ers may re­sult in de­lay and con­fu­sion. “Elec­tion is a very sen­si­tive mat­ter in Kenya, hence we need to give the com­mit­tee time to come up with cred­i­ble per­sons who will con­duct it,” he said.

Neto ad­dressed the press at Amoyo in Nd­hiwa dur­ing a match be­tween Bunge Foot­ball Club and Kanyadoto Foot­ball on Sun­day. He urged the com­mit­tee to look at ap­pli­cants’ lead­er­ship cre­den­tials.

Homa Bay Town Peter Kaluma said the new IEBC com­mis­sion­ers will be ex­pected to con­duct the elec­tions trans­par­ently and re­spect the rights of all can­di­dates.

“The pre­vi­ous elec­toral com­mis­sion­ers have had is­sues with pres­i­den­tial elec­tion re­sults. The process of hir­ing the new com­mis­sion­ers must be done care­fully to en­able us get peo­ple who can­not be com­pro­mised,” he said.

Other MPs present were Ma­garini’s Har­ri­son Kombe, Bu­uri’s Boni­face Ga­tobu and Vic­tor Mun­yaka of Machakos Town. “We’re go­ing to be keen on vet­ting these peo­ple to en­hance fair­ness in the se­lec­tion process. We need peo­ple who can de­liver the ex­pec­ta­tions of Kenyans,” Kombe said.

/ ROBERT OMOLLO

MPs Har­ri­son Kombe, Agostino Neto, Boni­face Ga­tobu and Peter Kaluma at Amoyo, Nd­hiwa, on Sun­day

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