Kenyatta Signs Law Setting New Framework for Recruitment of Election officials ahead of 2017 Polls

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Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill into law, paving way for sweeping electoral reforms ahead of next year’s polls.

The law includes a new framework for recruitment of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials. Recruitment of IEBC commissioners had brought bad blood between the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) and the ruling Jubilee.

According to the Standard, What is keeping the current commissioners in office is lack of a legislation to guide their exit.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said the earliest the country should expect a new electoral body was November given that there was no law in place to guide the current commissioners’ exit.

“The Attorney General will also have to bring to Parliament a law on how the current commissioners will vacate office. As it is, there is no law. The next process now is to get the selection panel that will give the country new commissioners,” Duale said.

“We are not going to meet the current deadlines. The country can only have a new commission by November. The timelines are, however, clear that the elections will have to be held on August 8. Any change in the election date will require a referendum,” he added.

A report of a parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms adopted by Parliament had envisaged new IEBC commissioners by September 30.

With the Election Laws (Amendment) Act and the Election Offences Act now in force, radical changes will be implemented ahead of next year’s elections.

Source: The Standard