Kenyans want IEBC reconstituted through Parliament – Pollster


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Majority of Kenyans believe that the most effective way to reconstitute the electoral body, IEBC, is through the National Assembly.

This according to a survey conducted by Ipsos which shows that 55% of Kenyans believe that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) should be disbanded through a petition to Parliament.

However, 9% of Kenyans believe this could be achieved by means of street demonstrations and protests to have the current IEBC commissioners replaced.

The survey also shows that 42% of Kenyans anticipate a peaceful election if the demanded changes in the IEBC fail to materialize.

The survey was conducted between the 6th and 12th May and involved 2,144 respondents. This comes following weeks of anti-IEBC protests led by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).

On Wednesday, CORD temporarily suspended their protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) slated for every Monday.

Addressing the press on Wednesday, Siaya Senator James Orengo said the move is aimed at giving dialogue a chance saying they will give the Jubilee government until June 5th to respond to their demands failure to which they will return to the streets.

Orengo added that CORD already has a team that will oversee the dialogue process calling for a structured system of dialogue that is not led by any Parliamentary committee.

However, President Uhuru Kenyatta reiterated his earlier stand against holding a dialogue with the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) to discuss the disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

In a meeting with stakeholders in the private sector at State House, Nairobi on Thursday, President Kenyatta said that the Constitution does not allow him to effect the removal of IEBC commissioners adding that CORD should use the right channel to seek their removal.

“I have spoken to MPs in government and the opposition and they are ready to engage on issues of IEBC. I have prepared my own views and recommendations which I want to present. Let us follow laid down procedures,” said the President.

He lashed out at the Opposition coalition for holding weekly protests which have led to the disruption of businesses in Nairobi’s CBD urging the private sector to meet CORD leaders and discuss their role in the future of the country’s economy.

“You should engage the Opposition for them to incorporate your views in what they do,” stated President Kenyatta.

CORD has accused IEBC commissioners of corruption in relation to the improper procurement of BVR kits in the run-up to the 2013 election and an apparent plan to rig the 2017 General Election in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta, claims that the Issack Hassan-led commission has refuted.

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