Chebukati and team asked to resign days after Maraga ruling

But IEBC chair snubs the call

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IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati. THE STAR

The Kenya Human Rights Commission on Wednesday, November 22, called on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioner officials to leave office so as to allow talks on electoral reforms.

According to KHRC executive director George Kegoro, the country needs to have a conversation about the electoral system but that can only happen if the electoral body boss Wafula Chebukati and his team remain in office.

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L-R IEBC manager Legal affairs Salome Oyugi , Kenya Human Rights Commission Executive Director (KHRC) George Kegoro With IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati during the Annual Jurist conference at Serena hotel Mombasa on November 22nd 2017. PHOTO: ELKANA JACOB/THE STAR

“Chebukati needs to tell the country when the commissioners will vacate office. It is only then that the country can have a conversation that is not tied down to jobs,” Kegoro noted in his address.

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The embattled KHRC head said the resignation of IEBC bosses will also free the country to talk about the electoral body. “The secretariat also need to be reformed,” he added.

Mr Kegoro, whose organisation was delisted by the NGOs board during campaigns before the intervention of a court, was speaking in Mombasa during the Kenyan Chapter of International Commission of Jurists conference on human rights in Africa.

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Chebukati however rubbished the call for resignation saying they will not pack their bags because KHRC’s view are not those of Kenyans.

“Commissioners didn’t just come into office. They were interviewed, brought in by virtue of the constitutional provisions,” Chebukati said.

The electoral agency honcho came to its defence saying the commission did a commendable job when it conducted two elections in three months.

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“The Supreme Court, in its determination, confirmed that the election carried out on October 26 was done within the law,” Chebukati noted citing the upholding of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s October 26 repeat poll by the apex court last Monday.

The two had attended the same conference where Chebukati acknowleded there is need for reforms not only in the IEBC but also in the law.