Government to seek extension of IEBC term

The government will seek the extension of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) term by between three and six months when Parliament resumes it’s sitting in February.

National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale said that the Justice and Legal Affairs committee of the Natiional Assembly will come up with a draft Bill that will push for the extension.

Speaking in Garissa over the weekend, Duale said the extension will top the government agenda to ensure the conduct of smooth general elections come next year.

“This extension will give IEBC ample time to take the country through the electoral process in case of a re-run or petition in the presidential poll”, he said.

There is debate on a possible constitutional crisis in the 2017 election in-case there is a re-run of the presidential poll with the opposition calling for the disbandment of the commission and the formation of a new one.

Duale said that there will be no constitutional crisis noting that “the constitution has provided a very clear road map in how IEBC will be constituted”.

“If we want to replace IEBC, the road map to doing so and recruiting new commissioners is in article 88 of the constitution. Those calling for its disbandment are doing so from an ignorant point of view”, said Duale.

According to the constitution, the elections will be held on August 8, 2017.

IEBC has 7 days to announce the results.

If any party goes to the Supreme Court, they have 7 days from August 15, 2017 to file a petition.

The Supreme Court then has 14 days from the expiry of 7 days to make a determination of the case.

By Jacob Songok