Before the dust settles on the issue of quoram at IEBC, the issue of the ⅔ gender rule, a constitutional requirement, has cropped up. A case to halt the appointment of the new 4 commissioners, after Parliament gave the node for their appointment, has been filed before Justice Weldon Korir. After contemplating the case presented to him, Justice Weldon Korir stopped the four Juliana Cherera, Francis Mathenge, Irene Masit, and Justus Abonyo incoming commissioners from being sworn in to office by Justice Koome.
Apart from the issue of the ⅔ gender rule hurdle, it also caught the eye of the public that Irene Masit may not be the right candidate for the Commissioners position considering she unsuccessfully vied for the position of Elgeyo Marakwet Women Representative. Masit's past political involvements are nullified here as it is a constitutional state that anybody who vies for an elective position can not be appointed as an IEBC commissioner within 5 years since he or she vied for an electoral seat.
Junet Mohammed, while grilling the nominees in a Parliamentary committee, raised his concerns about Masit's political activities, but it seems the other Parliamentary committee members did not take that seriously.
With only months before the general elections, will the issues at the IEBC be solved soon enough? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.(source: Citizen TV)
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