Two civil society organisations have petitioned the Executive to reform the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) before the next General Election.
During a forum organised by Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice and Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCog), participants said the electoral body needs urgent reforms to ensure next elections are managed better.
Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua and Siaya Senator James Orengo faulted the manner in which the electoral body conducted the March 4, 2013 General Election.
However, Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria challenged the civil society and the Opposition to stop whining about the past and suggest the way forward to avoid mistakes.
â€œWinning an election is a process that needs to be natured as the country evolves,â€ he said. Kuria said IEBC, political parties and the Judiciary are yet to meet and ventilate on the postmortem of 2013 General Election. â€œYou do not cease to exist because you lost an election.
We need an open dialogue on electoral process,â€ he said. Participants also took issue with the Supreme Court judgement concerning the disputed election results, saying it failed to address critical issues of voter registrar, the disputed electronic technology, among others.
Political governance and election expert Willis Otieno said the composition of IEBC should be left to political parties to nominate commissioners. He said parties should be able to audit the electoral body before election are conducted.
â€œParties should start monitoring IEBC entire system and voting kitty should be scrutinised three months before election,â€ he said.