IEBC to Be Disbanded - Report

  • The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will be disbanded if a report by the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) is adopted.

    The committee has recommended that a new team be installed to replace the current one led by Isaack Hassan ahead of the 2017 General Election.

    This comes after investigations into the procurement of Biometric Voter Registration kits used in the 2013 elections, established that the tendering process was marred by irregularities that led to the loss of huge sums of money.

    According to suggestions in the PAC report, the number of commissioners steering the electoral body should be reduced from the current eight to three part time members.

    PAC also wants Hassan and the commissioners held responsible for the loss of Sh4.08 Billion occasioned by a skewed tendering process, that led to the acquisition of malfunctioned kits.

    The committee, headed by ODM legislator Nicholas Gumbo, further recommended a lifestyle audit on the commissioners to establish their source of wealth within 2013 and after the last elections.

    "EACC should conduct a thorough lifestyle audit of the commissioners and members of the tender committee to establish the source of their wealth during and after the procurement of the electronic devices," reads the report.

    The parliamentary committee also asked the Attorney General to institute recovery mechanisms of Sh305 Million from Canadian Commercial Corporation, paid as brokerage fee, and another Sh480,000 from Airtel Kenya for offering 'non-existent services' to IEBC during the electioneering period.

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