IEBC lacks credibility, says Kanu

Thursday April 7 2016

Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat and Chairman Gedion Moi at a past function. Mr Moi has claimed that Jubilee Party leaders have developed a list of preferred candidates who will be endorsed to run for various seats in 2017. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat and Chairman Gedion Moi at a past function. Mr Moi has claimed that Jubilee Party leaders have developed a list of preferred candidates who will be endorsed to run for various seats in 2017. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

OUMA WANZALA
By OUMA WANZALA
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Opposition coalition Cord’s push for an overhaul of the electoral commission ahead of next year’s elections has been supported by the former ruling party, Kanu.

Kanu Secretary-General Nick Salat said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was suffering a credibility crisis and could not be trusted to oversee the 2017 General Election.

He wants the IEBC reformed by adopting the Inter-Party Parliamentary Group (IPPG) formula of 1997 that allowed political parties to nominate  representatives for appointment as commissioners.

“We hope  another political player will receive our suggestions in good faith and open themselves up to genuine and healthy political competition for the good of our country,” Mr Salat said in a statement yesterday.

He added: “We must not forget one of the reasons Kenyans turned against one another after the 2007 disputed elections was because of the perception the electoral commission was biased.”

Mr Salat warned of the likelihood of Kenyans rejecting any results that the IEBC might announce.

Cord leader Raila Odinga has said the coalition would not participate in an election conducted by the IEBC as currently constituted.