embattled Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners had their requests to vacate office approved by the Joint Select Parliamentary Committee.
The month-long debate on the IEBC was brought to an end yesterday, Friday, August 12, after the committee agreed to send them home.
The committee comprised of legislators from both CORD and Jubilee.
This decision was followed by the announcement that a panel will be constituted to appoint the new commissioners and clean up the voter’s register.
As their send-off package, IEBC’s outgoing chairman Isaack Hassan requested the “dignified” price of KSh 250 million to be divided among the nine commissioners.
“We do not want to prevent any electoral reform. The country is bigger than any of us and if there will be a political settlement, the commission will not be a stumbling block,” said Hassan when he appeared before the committee on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.
Aside from the money, the commissioners had requested that the electoral body’s secretariat staff remain in place until the end of their tenure to allow for continuity in preparation of the upcoming 2017 General Election.
The IEBC commissioners have been embattled by a number of accusations involving election malpractice in 2007 and 2013 and financial scandals at the poll body.
CORD leader Raila Odinga was at the forefront of calling for the disbandment of the IEBC after he lost in both elections to former president Mwai Kibaki and President Uhuru Kenyatta respectively.