Resignation of 3 IEBC commissioners confirms Jubilee govt is illegitimate - Orengo


On April 19, the commission sent its chief executive on three months' compulsory leave pending an audit without giving a detailed reason for the move.

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. "Under his leadership, the Commission boardroom has become a venue for peddling misinformation, grounds for brewing mistrust, and a space for scrambling for and chasing for individual glory and credit", the three said. There are no longer good or bad commissioners at IEBC.

"For too long and way too many times, the commission chair chair has failed to be steady and stable hand that steers ship in hard times", they said. It was first captured by the State to rig the presidential election previous year and then the commissioners and senior staff became greedy players in the procurement process and the business undertaken by the commission.

The current IEBC commissioners were sworn into office in January 2017 and was reduced to six when Roselyn Akombe resigned before the repeat presidential polls.

The quorum is set at five by the IEBC Act.

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Hitherto, Employment and Labour Relations Court denied his request. It is either Chiloba is reinstated or the entire commission goes down.

Justice Radido set May 7 as the hearing date for Chiloba's petition having directed all IEBC Commissioners to file affidavits ahead of the hearing.

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

"We need a maximum of five commissioners. We must banish external players from the Commission Boardrooms and reclaim the Commission's independence" they said in the statement.