News headlines February 1 2017 – IEBC to challenge election law order

News headlines February 1 2017 – IEBC to challenge election law order

IEBC to challenge election law order

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will move to court to challenge a petition seeking to reduce the six-month period for public officers to quit before seeking elective posts.

In an interview with Capital FM News, IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba said Section 43 (5) of the Elections Act allows the commission to disqualify candidates who will have not resigned from their public positions six months before an election and should not be barred from invoking the law as it is enshrined in the Constitution.

"We are appearing before the court to make our case. We are just going to state like it’s already in law and our job is to notify the concerned parties. We cannot say that the commission is doing wrong because if you fail to implement it, then you are simply abdicating your responsibilities to notify the concerned parties,"

IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba.

IEBC’s stand stems from a petition that saw the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Kericho temporarily block the commission from disqualifying public servants vying for elective posts who will not have resigned from office six months before the election.

On December 1, 2016 Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua directed public servants interested in vying for elective positions to resign from their current offices by February 7 to allow the six months period ahead of the August 8 election.

Uganda denies ‘betraying’ Kenya’s Amina Mohamed at the AU elections

Uganda has strongly denied claims that President Yoweri Museveni abandoned Amina Mohamed after the first round of voting during the Africa Union Commission chairperson elections in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday.

There have been claims that Ms Mohamed’s loss to Chad’s Mahamat Faki was caused by last minute betrayal from neighbouring countries, particularly Uganda, which is said to have abandoned her in the subsequent rounds of voting.

Djibouti which had also pledged support for Kenya voted for another candidate to increase its chances of getting the deputy chairman’s position.

But Uganda has denied the reports saying it stood with Kenya to the end.

"The media has been awash with unsubstantiated information accusing Uganda of not having supported Kenya’s candidature. Uganda wishes to state categorically that our support to the candidature of Amb. Amina Chawahir Mohamed, before and during elections was unequivocal,"

Uganda’s Foreign ministry said in a statement.

It added that Kampala’s support was based on the good bilateral relationship between Kenya and Uganda and that Amina was also the endorsed EAC candidate.

"Uganda therefore rejects any baseless assertions by some sectors of the media questioning out commitment to the said candidate,"

it added.

Country treading on dangerous path, NCIC warns

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has raised the red flag over the escalating political tension in the country warning that it could plunge Kenyans into chaos similar to the ones witnessed in 2007/2008.

The commission is worried that with six months to the August 8 polls, the political climate in Kenya seems to be at a peak.

It has asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to demonstrate leadership and impartiality to ensure the outcome of the elections is not disputed to avoid chaos.

Speaking during Uwiano Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum at Silver Springs Hotel last evening, NCIC Chairperson Francis ole Kaparo told the electoral agency not be intimidated and instead act decisively to cases of electoral malpractices.

Politicians spreading hate speech and inciting Kenyans to violence during the electioneering period should be banned from running for any elective seats, he advised.

"Politicians’ unchecked utterances in public forums and campaigns may plunge the country into chaos. Let the electoral body act in the best interest of Kenyans, "

Kaparo warned.

"IEBC must act and apply the law to the latter. We want to see aspirants and politicians engaged in hate speech and violence banned from running for any elective seat,"

he added.

The chairman disclosed that some utterance and misuse of social media platforms by Kenyans is already fueling tribalism, hate among communities and could easily set up the country in flames.


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