Thursday, 24 January, 2019

IEBC Scatter as Three Commissioners Resign at Once

Three top officials of Kenya's elections body quit citing leadership failure IEBC Scatter as Three Commissioners Resign at Once
Melinda Barton | 16 April, 2018, 23:53

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

Tumult continues at Kenya's independent electoral commission (IEBC) almost seven months after elections ended.

The resignations leave only two commissioners and the chairman at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which last week sent its chief executive on three months' compulsory leave pending an audit on procurement matters. It is either Chiloba is reinstated or the entire commission goes down.

Mwachanya was reading a resignation letter on behalf of two other colleagues - deputy chairperson Consolata Maina and commissioner Paul Kurgat.

"Henceforth, political parties should nominate IEBC Commissioners".

The move to suspend Chiloba's split the commission down the middle with the commissioners who resigned citing lack of confidence in Chebukati.

Orengo noted Kenya will experience both political and constitutional crisis should the commission's Chairperson Wafula Chebukati not resign.Photo: James Orengo/Twitter.

"The Commission Chairperson has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in hard times and give direction when needed".

The commissioners past year refused to step down amid opposition calls on them to resign, followed by protests to force their resignation, leading to scores of deaths. "We must banish external players from the Commission Boardrooms and reclaim the Commission's independence" they said in the statement.

The commissioners who stepped down today said that they still believe Kenya's elections past year were done properly.

In October, another commissioner, Roselyn Akombe, quit a week before the rerun, saying she and her staff had been repeatedly threatened.

Hitherto, Employment and Labour Relations Court denied his request.

The resignation of the three leaves the commission technically dysfunctional with only Chebukati, and Commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye remaining put.