Chebukati Addresses Viral Letter After Quitting Election Committee

Letter issued
Letter issued
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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC has addressed claims circulating through a letter that a section of the committee did not want it to withdraw from the crucial poll team.

The letter emerged on Tuesday, November 30, claiming that some of the commissioners had objected to Chebukati's decision to withdraw.

In a statement shared on Wednesday, December 1, the Chebukati-led committee has dismissed the letter, bearing a signature from Marian Hussein Marian, as fake.

According to the letter dated November 30, the decision to withdraw from the committee led by Chief Justice Martha Koome was not discussed with some of the commissioners who influence such policies.

IEBC Officials During A Stakeholders Meeting on Wednesday November 3
IEBC Officials During A Stakeholders Meeting on Wednesday, November 3
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The letter had noted that the commission's independence  did not mean detachment from other players in the public governance adding that they will coordinate and harmonize their activities with other government institutions and other commissions so as to maximize results.

''For due operation in the matrix,'' independence'' does not mean ''detachment'', isolation or disengagement from other players in public governance. For practical purposes, an independent commission will find it necessary to coordinate and harmonize activities with those of other institutions of government or other commissions so as to maximize results in the public interest.'' read the letter in part.

Additionally, it stated that the commissions and independent officers are not to plead ''independence'' as an end in itself for public governance tasks are apt to be severely strained by possible clashes of independence.

Recently, the electoral body had announced withdrawal from the Election Preparedness Committee citing alleged infringement of its independence.

The IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati had raised concerns over the terms of reference of the election preparedness committee.

This move came barely 8 months to the August 9 2022 General election.

The decision elicited mixed reactions from different political quotas and political stakeholders with some terming the move as failing to succumb to pressure.

IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati During Election Preparation Forum on October 21, 2021.
IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati During Election Preparation Forum on October 21, 2021.
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