It might just take us much longer before we are able to see the recruitment of new IEBC commissioners. This is even close to a month after the commissioners agreed to go home on a negotiated settlement. A Joint Parliamentary Select Committee formed to deal with the IEBC issue has agreed that the current commissioners will go home on September but nothing has happened yet. Now National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi is accusing the National Treasury and SRC for the delay. According to the speaker,Treasury is yet to release money for the commissioners’ exit package so this means thy will continue staying in office for much more longer. “The country is losing time for replacement and familiarisation of the proposed new team and preparation for the 2017 elections.” Question is, why has Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and Sarah Serem of the SRC not made any offer to allow the eight commissioners to leave. The agreement to have the Isaac Hassan-led team leave office will cost taxpayers Sh180 million so it will be very hard to send them home without paying them the agreed dues. Time is really moving fast and the next general elections are fast approaching. For this positions to be advertised the commisioners need to be paid and allowed to go home. The agreement to have them vacate home was already agreed and according to the constitution, their positions become vacant by either them resigning or being removed from office through constitutional means. The commisioners play a very crucial matters in electoral matters in this country and Treasury and SCRC need to do their work and allow the commisioners to go home.
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