Former IEBC chair Issack Hassan is set to lead other commissioners to decide fate of Raila Odinga presidential bid
Former IEBC chair Issack Hassan is set to lead other commissioners to decide fate of Raila Odinga presidential bid

Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will sit on Tuesday and discuss the action to take against CORD leader Raila Odinga over failure to comply with finance regulations.

IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba, on Monday said that the nine commissioners are still mandate to advise the secretariat on key electoral issues since they “are still in office”.

Raila Odinga and ten other aspirants failed to comply with the regulations on campaign financing, expenditure and funds management which required them to open and file campaign accounts with IEBC before December 8, 2016.

The ODM leader has however moved to court to oppose the regulation saying it is too early to effect such rules.

In his petition, Raila Odinga claimed that the December 8 deadline was unrealistic as parties are yet to hold nominations for their candidates.

There could be a reprieve for Raila and other noncompliant aspirants after the National Assembly Delegated Committee declared the regulations null and void.

The committee said that the new rules cannot take effect since they were not approved by Parliament.

Raila Odinga and other CORD leaders have called for IEBC commissioners to vacate office saying they are strangers to the commission, having submitted their resignation to President Uhuru Kenyatta in October.

The commissioners were forced to resign as a compromise move to end CORD’s five-week protests against IEBC.

CORD has claimed that the extended stay of the commissioners in office is a move by the Jubilee administration to put in place mechanisms that would enable them to rig the elections.

They have called on the IEBC commissioners to vacate office, stop any tendering process until a new commission is in place.

IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba has however opposed CORD’s stand saying postponement of the tendering process would create a disaster next year as the new commissioners will not have the time to complete all preparations.

On Monday, the High Court suspended a tender awarded to a Dubai-based firm (Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company) for the supply of poll materials.

This follows an application by CORD against IEBC and the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board.

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