Editor's Review

A process to remove IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera and three other IEBC commissioners from office has been initiated.

Farmers Party, an affiliate party of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance, has petitioned for the removal of IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera and three other IEBC Commissioners from office.

In a statement on Friday, September 9, the party seeks to oust Cherera, Justus Nyang’aya, Irene Masit and Francis Wanderi for an attempt to sabotage the presidential election.

Farmers Party presented the petition in the National Assembly, maintaining that it will be presented to the President once it is deliberated by the National Assembly.

“Farmers Party has presented to the National Assembly a petition for the removal of 4 commisioners of IEBC following the attempt by the said commissioners to sabotage an election process as witnessed on August 15, 2022 at Bomas of Kenya.

“The 4 IEBC commissioners are Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Justus Nyang’aya and Francis Wanderi. Once the petition is deliberated by the National Assembly, the petition will be presented to the President for appointment of a tribunal for the removal of the commissioners,” read part of the statement.

IEBC vice chairperson Juliana Cherera in a press briefing alongside Justus Nyang'aya and Irene Masit.

According to the party, the petition expresses the conduct of the commissioners as being a gross violation of the Constitution and a breach of their oath of office.

The Kenya Kwanza party further maintained that the petition is critical to entrenching the critical value of the IEBC in the growth of democracy and guiding the code of conduct by IEBC officials in subsequent elections.

The petition comes after Cherera and the three IEBC commissioners said that they respected the Supreme Court ruling in upholding President-elect William Ruto’s victory.

In a joint statement, the four commissioners, who had earlier disowned the presidential result, said that they appreciated the unanimous decision by the 7-judge bench.

“We wish to convey our appreciation to the Honourable Judges of the Supreme Court of Kenya and confirm that we respect their collective decisions,” read part of the statement signed by Cherera and the three commissioners.