The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners have officially tendered their notice of resignation to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The resignation notice was forwarded to State House on the day the Election (Amendment) Act became effective as agreed with the government negotiation committee.
The agreement with the negotiation committee came on Friday, September 30, following lengthy and thorough discussions.
Joseph Kinyua, the Head of Public Service, who led the government team said after the meeting that the negotiations were held strictly under the law and parliamentary recommendations.
“The negotiations have been guided by the need to strike a balance between public interest, legal and constitutional demands, the contract of appointment to office of each commissioner and the guideline of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.”
The nine commissioners will however remain in office until a new team of IEBC commissioners are recruited to avoid crisis.
IEBC chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan said that their extended stay in office would not in any way jeopardize efforts to carry out free and fair elections in 2017.
In a statement, Hassan said:
”We reiterate our position that the current commissioners are not a stumbling block in the preparation of the next General Election. The speedy outcome of these negotiations is an attestation to this commitment.”
Mr Hassan further added that the negotiations were done in good faith as he thanked Kenyans for giving them the opportunity to serve.
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The move to extend the commissioners stay in office has received criticism from the opposition leader, Raila Odinga. He called it a ”large scheme” plan to rig the forthcoming elections in favor of President Kenyatta.