….The question of Independent Election and Boundaries Commission ?…..while critically looking at the bigger picture of what is at stake concerning Kenya’s country at large,it’s economy and the future of it’s politics….

……Kenya as a country,we are at crossroad again,and,this time the subject of the matter…..is the question of Independent Election and Boundaries Commission credibility….while critically looking at the bigger picture of what is at stake concerning the Kenya’s country at large ,it’s economy and the future of it’s politics.And,not forgetting what happened after the 2007 General elections…post election chaos.

On Monday,25th,April,the Coalition of Reforms and Democracy {C.O.R.D} held a demonstration in the streets of Nairobi,which was meant to forcefully eject the Independent Election and Boundaries commissioners from office.The demonstration ended up with demonstrators being sprayed with teargas by the police after they attempted to storm the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission offices at Anniversary Towers.

The picture of Raila Odinga being evacuated by his security detail in a cloud of tear gas fumes ,while tears streaming down his face ,was completely unedifying and was the hallmark of that demonstration.

The C.O.R.D coalition had planned to kick off what they had said would be an indefinite occupation of the commission’s offices to force the chairman ,Ahmed Issack Hassan ,and,other 8 commissioners out of office.

And,it is worth noting that since the 2013 General elections,where the CORD coalition lost to the ruling Jubilee coalition,the CORD coalition has been agitating for the disbandment of Independent Election and Boundaries Commission,where it has been arguing that it can’t be trusted to supervise an election.

They have argued that they have no confidence that the commission will deliver a free and fair election next year.They have demanded that the commission should be disbanded and a new team named to replace it.

But,therein,lies the hiccup,the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission ,is a constitutional institution which is protected by the constitution,hence it’s commissioners are protected by the supreme laws which are envisioned in the constitution.

The constitution stipulates that for the commissioners to be removed from office,anyone who is dissatisfied with their performance should petition Parliament ,which would then make recommendations to the President.The President would then form a tribunal to investigate the commissioners and act on the findings of the tribunal within 30 days.

But,the Election commission has replied ,that it is ready to meet CORD leaders and listen to their grievances on condition that the engagements are conducted in a well structured manner. CORD leaders must avoid unorthodox approaches.

“The mode of appointment and removal of Independent Election and Boundaries Commissioners ,like any other constitutional commission is well within the knowledge of CORD”.

But,what will be the after effects of the big question of Independent Election and Boundaries Commission?…..while critically looking at the bigger picture of what is at stake concerning Kenya’s country at large ,it’s economy and the future of it’s politics?

As Kenyans ,we must critically look at the bigger picture of ramifications of this demonstrations in direct proportion to the Kenyan economy and well being and it’s politics.That forceful ejection of CORD leaders by police as they attempted to storm the IEBC offices was inevitable ,but,it sends a strong and ominous signals that the country is sitting on a time bomb.

Kenyans still have vivid memories of the gory events of 2007/8 .That bloody season started with calls for mass action and street demonstrations and ended up in unprecedented carnage.

It portends ill for the future of the country’s politics and particularly next year’s elections.The opposition is disenchanted with the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission and is getting desperate which is dangerous.It is likely to resort to unorthodox means such as mass action to force it’s agenda .From past experiences ,we know that mass action breeds violence and death.

At the heart of the matter is the contention that the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission cannot be relied upon to supervise an election.It is accused of ruining it’s reputation.Moreover ,the commission hasn’t extricated itself from fraud claims in which some of it’s commissioners and officials were accused in a London Court of taking bribes from British printers contracted to prepare voting materials .

Various groups such as the Catholic Church,National Council of Churches of Kenya,and COTU have made this point in the past few days.

But,is occupying Anniversary Tower and ejecting Independent Election and Boundaries Commission commissioners the way to go? Methinks i detect a whiff of chinanery in the whole notion.

However ,the use of force to eject the Independent Election and Boundaries commissioners is unwarranted.CORD must act with decorum in it’s pursuit of change.The jubilee and CORD must sit down and agree on a plan to reform the commission.


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