IEBC Kenya commissioners new team after being disbanded

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IEBC Kenya commissioners are to create a new team after being disbanded. IEBC Kenya is an independent regulatory agency that was founded in 2011 by the Constitution of Kenya.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is the authority in charge for supervising votes and elections to any elective body or office established by the Constitution, and any other elections as prescribed by an Act of Parliament in Kenya.

IEBC Kenya was created in the establishment of the 2010 constitution and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act.

It’s directive includes; the registration of voters and revision of the voter’s roll, the allocation of constituencies and wards, the regulation of political parties process, the settlement of electoral disputes, the registration of candidates for elections, voter education, the facilitation of the observation, monitoring and evaluation of elections,the regulation of money spent by a candidate or party in respect of any election, the development of a code of conduct for candidates and parties, the monitoring of compliance with legislation on nomination of candidates by parties.

The current IEBC commissioners are Issack Hassan (chairman), Lillian Mahiri-Zaja (vice chairperson), Albert Bwire, Kule Godana, Yusuf Nzibo, Abdullahi Sharawe, Thomas Letangule, Muthoni Wangai and Mohamed Alawi each earning Sh1.2 million per month.

There have been issues of credibility surrounding how IEBC Kenya managed the 2013 elections in Kenya. Several political leaders, lawyers and religious leaders have pushed to see IEBC Kenya disbanded.

The Opposition have maintained that IEBC Kenya as currently constituted cannot handle the next general election. The term for the current IEBC commissioners was scheduled to expire in November next year, three months after the general election.

According to the 2015-2016 budget, the Treasury pays Sh82 million in salaries and Sh50.8 million in allowances to the nine commissioners every year.

Following the credibility outcry from several opposition leaders, a deal was struck with the government last week on the IEBC’s departure to pave way for a new team that will conduct the next year’s General Election.

IEBC Kenya Chairperson Ahmed Issack Hassan has said the IEBC commissioners are ready to vacate office in order for the new team to start preparing for the next year’s General Election.

The current IEBC commissioners will be paid Sh165 million, based on their current salaries and a perk calculated at 31 per cent of their yearly salary for the years served.

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