Masit should be dismissed, according to the tribunal established to evaluate the petition to remove Juliana Cherera, Francis Wanderi, Irene Masit, and Justus Nyang’aya from their positions as members of the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC).
The concluding arguments made by the attorneys for both parties brought the petition hearing to a close on Monday, February 20.
The tribunal, which was presided over by Judge Aggrey Mucheule, stated in its report to President William Ruto on Monday that the charges of gross misconduct brought against Commissioner Masit had been proven to the necessary standard.
The claims of significant violations of the constitution and the law against Commissioner Irene Masit, according to the tribunal, have been proven to the necessary standard. “Having evaluated all the evidence offered,” the panel stated.
Therefore, this Tribunal recommends that Commissioner Irene Cherop Masit be removed from her position as a member of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to Your Excellency, the President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Defense Forces, in accordance with the mandate assigned by Gazette Notice No. 14890 of December 2, 2022, and further in accordance and in compliance with Article 251(1) and (6).
The tribunal also stated that the allegations of major Constitutional violations against the four commissioners during the election period were supported by evidence.
“The actions by the Commissioners to proceed to Serena to issue the presser to disown the result that she had participated in tallying and verifying were intended to undermine and erode public trust in the commission and to the result. In our considered view, these actions amounted to gross misconduct,” said the tribunal.