The snap resignation of Dr Roselyn Akombe from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is a pointer to serious challenges facing the poll body, a Makueni MP has said. Dan Maanzo while speaking in Machakos town said it is time for President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition flag bearer Raila Odinga to come out and save the country from an imminent crisis. Maanzo who was speaking hours after Dr. Akombe resigned from the commission said the two leaders should put aside their political differences and ensure the electoral body is reformed before the country can go to another election. Dr. Akombe’s resignation is a clear indicator that the IEBC is in a serious crisis that needs urgent redress. It’s now clear that all is not well in the poll body and to that extent Kenyans cannot trust the same institution to conduct any credible and fair elections, he said.
The commissioner who tendered her resignation yesterday cited lack of accord among the staff, political patronage and a total disregard to issues raised by the Supreme Court on September 1, 2017 as some of the issues that had forced her to quit the electoral agency. I do not want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integritythe lessons from 2007/8 are too fresh, lest we forget, read part of Dr Akombe’s letter which was later shared on social media platforms. Maanzo also faulted a High court decision that allowed other presidential candidates to run for the October 26 elections saying it disregarded the provisions of electoral law. After Raila withdrew from the presidential race he was not under obligation to sign any form to that effect as the electoral commission failed to conduct fresh nominations after the Supreme Court nullified the entire presidential results. What happened is that the entire process was thrown back to the drawing board meaning we cannot have any elections on October 26 until we carry out new nominations for all presidential candidates, he claimed. On her part, former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti called for peace and tranquility among Machakos residents even as the country heads to the repeat presidential election. She termed the recent violent activities in parts of the country as unfortunate and urged residents to keep off activities that may lead to loss of lives and property. She has nevertheless objected to plans by IEBC to carry out the repeat presidential election next week. The situation in the country calls for a political solution in which Raila and the President need to have a conversation to forestall any chaos that may arise out of hastily convened location. I urge all of my residents to refrain from going out that day but concentrate on their daily activities until such a time when contentious issues are finally sorted out, she said.
Source: Kenya News Agency