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BBI proposes IEBC reformation

Reconstructing Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is among the changesproposed by The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce.

The changes are meant to enhance the capacity of IEBC in order to deliver free and fair elections.
The report proposes to remove all the current commissioners from the office and establish a new team ahead of the 2022 polls.

The report launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday proposes a three-year contract term to the commissioners which can be renewed once.
Returning Officers will be hired through a system similar to that of hiring Commissioners.

The report has also proposes all the Returning officers be contracted on a part-time basis and should not oversee more than one general election.
It also wants the qualifications for the Chairmanship of IEBC to made open so that it is not a preserve for lawyers.

It goes on further to add that the IEBC chairperson should be anyone with at least 15 years experience at a senior management level.

The report proposes the chairperson to be accorded more powers by also doubling up as the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.

This is meant to shield his/her work from being undermined by the Secretary who is the CEO in the current system.

Current chairman Wafula Chebukati and former CEO Ezra Chiloba were involved in a bitter power struggle that exposed the deep cracks at the electoral commission.

Chiloba was eventually sacked in September last year after being indicted by the commission’s internal audit report which revealed taxpayers could have lost millions in flawed procurement of goods and services for the 2017 General Election.

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