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September 19, 2017

Do not turn IEBC into a politicians’ football

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati (R) confers with the CEO Ezra Chiloba at the press conference in Nairobi where they announced the cancellation of the registration of voters in the diaspora who are outside Africa on February 7, 2017./JACK OWUOR
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati (R) confers with the CEO Ezra Chiloba at the press conference in Nairobi where they announced the cancellation of the registration of voters in the diaspora who are outside Africa on February 7, 2017./JACK OWUOR

Developments around the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and elections are beginning to worry Kenyans. The IEBC is now in turmoil. The commissioners and the secretariat can barely focus with all these things happening around the commission.

We have 38 days left to the Presidential election rerun, the economy is in trouble; isn’t it time that all stakeholders stepped back and allowed the commission to do its work?

As for the IEBC itself, inasmuch as possible consult all stakeholders, indeed do this daily, through chairman Wafula Chebukati as CEO Ezra Chiloba runs the secretariat. Stop making decisions only to see them being dismissed by both sides of the political divide; the IEBC should not be reduced to a political football.

Consulting all stakeholders should have started with the naming of the Dream Team.

Going forward, before the IEBC makes a big decision it should consult.

No one should do anything that endangers the new election. All those searching questions being asked of Chiloba can wait until after the rerun.

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