Kenya's Election Commission Hit By Resignations

IEBC commissioners resign

Experts said the effect of the latest move will destabilize the commission at a time it is preparing to conduct electoral boundaries review for the 2022 election, whereas Chiloba's absence will make it hard or impossible for the secretariat to operate because the CEO by law makes the day-to-day decisions which no other commissioner can.

NAN reports that the Commission's spokesman Andrew Limo told Reuters that the tweet was accurate but declined further comment.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati on Monday said he was yet to receive formal resignation notices from three commissioners.

The trio, Vice-Chairman Consolata Nkatha, Commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya, told a hurriedly-convened press conference in Nairobi that for far too long and way too many times Wafula Chebukati, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in hard times and gives directions when needed. "We must banish external players from the Commission Boardrooms and reclaim the Commission's independence" they said in the statement.

"Henceforth, political parties should nominate IEBC Commissioners".

Chiloba was handed a three-month suspension by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati to allow audit of the 2017 election financial processes.

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"It is basically a confirmation of problems that have been bedeviling IEBC and particularly the management of IEBC by the chair, Mr. Chebukati", said Murkomen. By law, the commission must have four active members to carry out business. Kenya's opposition claimed some commissioners in Kenya's six-member electoral authority were complicit in electoral fraud in the August 8 election in which Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor but was then nullified by the Supreme Court.

During the East African country's general election previous year the commission was at the centre of controversy and was accused by the opposition of tampering with the vote.

"The commission has refused the conduct of a system audit and the right of access to data retained in its system including the servers following presidential election a year ago".

Kenyatta won the repeat election after opposition leader Raila Odinga boycotted it citing lack of electoral reforms.

After the resignation of the IEBC officials, the commission's head Chebukati has called for a crisis meeting with the remaining officials.

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