Lifestyle audit for IEBC commissioners

Independent Electoral and Boundaries commissioners are ready for lifestyle audit following a report by Public Accounts Committee calling for investigation over alleged procurement malpractices.

Opposition CORD has also lashed out at the electoral body over the Okoa Kenya initiative which has collapsed after IEBC ruled that they had failed to meet the required threshold of one million registered voters’ signatories.

Briefing the press in Naivasha during a meeting on election financing campaign, the commissioners led by Yusuf Nzibo expressed concern over threats of disbandment of the body.

Commissioner Nzibo said the commissioners were ready to pave way for new commissioners to serve Kenya if parliament decided to send them home adding that they were tired of being threatened every day by various entities and politicians.

On the PAC report, the commissioner said that they were ready for a lifestyle audit as proposed by the parliamentary committee and defended the procurement of the BVR kits which he said worked 100 percent apart from the voter identification equipments which had some problems.

On the failed Okoa initiative, Nzibo said that CORD was free to take legal action and clarified that the documents had errors including repeated names, ID numbers and inter change of names.

The commission deputy chair Lilian Mahiri-Zaja termed as unfortunate frequent calls to have the body disbanded and said it was not the first time that they have had calls to have IEBC disbanded but were still working as per their mandate.

She added that the commission had appeared before the PAC and given their side of the story adding that they were waiting for the decision by parliament.

Source: Kenya News Agency