Matiang’i pleads with IEBC to hold repeat polls early
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct the repeat presidential election before October 17 to avoid disruption of national examinations.
The CS was addressing concerns from parents and affected institutions on the way forward after the Supreme Court ruled a fresh presidential election be held in 60 days.
This means that the election will likely happens in October when the KCSE examinations will be underway.
He announced that KCSE is expected to start on the October 23 through to November 29, while KCPE is scheduled to take place From November 1-2.
“Preparing for a national examination is a huge exercise, it is not just the matter of our children sitting for exams. It is a huge exercise that starts at the beginning of the year,” said Mr Matiang’i.
“I have had conversations with the chairperson of the commission and formally written to him to request that he humbly consider my request of the commission to hold the elections a week before the 17th of October.”
Kenyans online gave varied reactions to the CS request:
The Education CS is so insensitive sometimes. Who told you that you wont push the examination dates? Deal with #SchoolFires first
— Asiko Ondigo (@e9cf15ed9e77405) September 4, 2017
Education CS Matiang’i can as well postpone the KCPE & KCSE exams to a later date. Public interest first! #CleanUpIEBC
— Jacinta Abby (@JancyAbbs) September 4, 2017
Matiangi has become Jack of all trades. Education, Interior, IEBC, legal.. yaani the most qualified candidate 4 all jobs “Education CS”
— Faith Audi (@AudiFaithaudi) September 4, 2017
someone is workin to sabotage matiangi “Education CS”
— Faisal Nixon (@faisalNixon) September 4, 2017
— Hon. Elisha Odhiambo (@HonElisha) September 4, 2017
Education CS should know that IEBC is independent,let him first put off this #SchoolFires
— PR siamito (@siamitoh) September 4, 2017
Education CS exams dates are not in constitution so don’t give iebc dates they’ve 60days so plan well
— victor (@ministertemba) September 4, 2017