Raila’s desires are abound to hold water as IEBC commissioners agree to resign if they are given a pay deal and a dignified exit.
Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan is quoted as admitting that the electoral commissioners are only a fraction of the entire nation, meaning that they will not block the will of the people.
He added that they too want electoral reforms and so can’t deny the country of the desires of the people.
Chairman Issack Hassan said:
“Commissioners are few and the country is bigger than us. The commission will not stay in the way of a political settlement.”
Adding that IEBC commissioners are ready to exit anytime from now, he said it will only be done after a reasonable pay deal.
“We have 12 months and four days. We have experienced staff who are ready for the 2017 general election.”
Commissioner Kule Godana concurred, stating that the nations needs reinforced institutions. “We should not keep breaking institutions.” Yusuf Nzibo said he would leave honourably with ear to ear laughter.
Commissioner Albert Bwire also said he is nationalist and can take up other duties outside IEBC. Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi, who has been co-chairing a special committee on IEBC matters, expressed his gratitude for the commissioner’s decision.
Murungi added that their sacrifice will ensure a credible election and should not be taken for granted. The chairperson of the parliamentary committee told the officials that a pay deal would be reached.
Co-chairperson Siaya senator James Orengo also thanked the commissioners saying they had “spoken like patriots.”
“You go down in history as patriots.”
A parliamentary committee has been discussing the fate of the commissioners following opposition protests earlier this year demanding their resignation ahead of next year’s general election.
Opposition parties accused the officials of being politically biased and rigging the 2013 elections. They denied the allegation though.