2017 polls: Time for another IPPG-like moment

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Issack Hassan (centre), Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba (right) and Vice Chairperson Lilian Mairi during a press briefing at the IEBC office in Nairobi on March 24, 2016. Cord leader Raila Odinga said they would not go to the next elections under the present commission. PHOTO | ANTHONY OMUYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • To keep Cord waiting for so long and then only to announce that the signatures were insufficient to get the referendum going, seems an exercise in trickery and will not increase confidence in the elections body.
  • As a fresh face, the commissioners could now take cover in Chiloba’s credibility and have bought themselves time in office.
  • Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, is reported to have said that IEBC needs to do something to restore the confidence of political actors.

After dallying with the signatures that the Opposition had presented for verification, as part of the process towards the Okoa Kenya referendum, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission emerged with the answer that some of the signatures were invalid and that the sum total, therefore, fell below the one million threshold that would have triggered the possibility of a referendum.

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