The Justice and Legal Affairs Committee has faulted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for ignoring the recommendations of Parliament regarding the new electoral zones. Speaking to journalists in Parliament the acting chairman of the committee Njoroge Baiya, said that while the IEBC was an independent arm of government, it was duty-bound to make sure that most of the proposals from MPs were taken on board.
“The impression we’re getting from their final report is that they did not even look at the proposals from Parliament,” said Mr Baiya (Githunguri). However, Mr Baiya let the Commission off-the-hook saying that the House had not given it the option to increase the number of wards.
MPs, Mr Baiya said, capped the wards at 1,450 in the County Governments Bill, 2012 even before discussing the report of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that pushed for the creation of 60 new wards.