IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati [Photo:Citizen TV]
Oct, 30th 2020 – Independent electoral and boundaries commission chairperson Wafula Chebukati has termed the statement by ODM leader on the estimate to do a referendum as unfortunate.
He termed the proposed changes as attacks against the commission saying, “IEBC notes that it has been singled out as the only Independent Commission and indeed entity whose establishment is sought to be removed by way of the proposed changes in the BBI report under Divisive Elections thematic area.“
Chebukati accused Raila of maliciously trying paint the IEBC as corrupt after the report to parliament estimated the cost of referendum to be around sh14 billion. Chebukati added that the projection was based on the cost of the 2010 referendum which cost sh10 billions.
ODM Leader Raila Odinga accused IEBC of trying to overestimate the cost of a referendum which he said should not exceed 2 billion shillings. The poll boss added that Raila was then prime minister and approved the cost and wondered what had changed since then.
The ODM leader has on many occasions has called for a total refurbish of the IEBC to prevent rigging. he has complained thet the rigging is what results to post election violence and political tensions.
Chebukati said, “The Report claws back on the gains made over the years on electoral management in Kenya. This targeted onslaught against the Commission is not new as it has been occurring after every general election since 1992. The sustained campaigns weaken and interfere with the independence of the Commission which is guaranteed under Article 88 as read together with Article 248 and 249 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.“
Other proposed changes include a three year employment contract for all IEBC staff to only be renewed on good performance, vetting of all senior IEBC officials, and removing the provision for an IEBC vice chairperson to act when chairperson is away.