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CONCLUDE URGENT REFORMS TO ASSURE KENYANS OF A CREDIBLE ELECTION
Religious leaders drawn from different faiths and members of the civil society, Women, Youth, trade unions and People With Disability and other stakeholders, have met here at Ufungamano House under the auspices of the Multi-Sectoral Forum on electoral reforms over the last two days. During the meeting, the Forum specifically reflected on the ongoing debate on electoral reforms and was guided by the following objectives:
Having considered this matter, we wish to share the following message:
This Forum appreciates and recognizes the mandate bestowed on both the Justice and legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) and the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee (JPSC) as regards resolving the issues touching on the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). We note with concern that the sibling rivalry between the two committees is not in the interest of the nation and could derail the process of ensuring that Kenya has a credible body that will manage the next elections. It is in this view that we appeal to the two committees to be magnanimous enough and let reason prevail in resolving issues around electoral reforms. This can be achieved through dialogue and a meeting of both committees, maybe presided over by the leaders of majority and minority, or speakers of both houses.
On our part, we look forward to meeting with JLAC with a view of urging for an amicable and urgent resolution of all issues arising around their mandate on IEBC reforms in readiness for the next general elections.
This Forum has taken note of the fact that the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee has began receiving views from Kenyans on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) reforms. We further urge the committee to carry out their mandate with the urgency it deserves. This process must be devoid of any political theatrics and drama.
On our part we undertake to conduct our civic duty diligently and provide the support needed by the committee to execute its mandate expeditiously. In this regard, MSF will submit a memorandum and draft bills to the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee, in keeping with the four thematic areas as proposed by the Committee. Our memorandum and bills shall carry proposals of which we highlight the following:
On our part as the Multi Sectoral Forum, we commit to:
In conclusion, we urge all Kenyans to actively participate in the process. We further call upon Kenyans to continue praying for speedy and peaceful conclusion of the process.
Signed on this 20th day of July 2016 at Ufungamano House by: