The Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, has called for the speedy appointment of new electoral commissioners and electoral reforms in the country. He made his remarks as three members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stood down; making the body inquorate. Last year, the country’s Supreme Court ordered a fresh general election, saying that the original 8 August poll was “neither transparent or verifiable.” Sitting President Uhuru Kenyatta, won the revised poll despite continued criticism of the process by opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Archbishop Jackson today (Tuesday) called on the Kenya’s Parliament to move swiftly appoint a team to vet new Commissioners, saying that the current situation “leaves the country in a dilemma with a number of by-elections to be conducted,” according to the Standard newspaper, “but we pray that Parliament can speed up the process to form a new team.
“The drafting and implementation of reforms will bring stability among IEBC commissioners and lawfully guarantee their independence,” he said. “We need a commission that is cohesive enough and one able to deliver services to Kenyans by not taking personal stand and interest.”