Kenya's Election Commission Hit By Resignations

Three top officials of Kenya's elections body quit citing leadership failure

Three top officials of Kenya's elections body quit citing leadership failure

Three Kenyan election officials resigned on Monday, increasing chaos at the electoral Commission following last year's botched presidential vote that had to be rerun and was then boycotted by the opposition.

Pressure is piling on Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati to leave office.

Chebukati stated that he was yet to receive the formal communication confirming the resignation of commissioners Connie Nkatha Maina, Margaret Mwachanya, and Paul Kugat. "We must banish the external players from the commission boardroom and regain the independence of the commission", they said.

"For far too long and many times, the commission chair has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in hard times and gives direction when needed".

"All of which are against the laid down laws that govern the conduct of the Commission leadership and staff", they asserted. "Consequently we regret to announce our resignation from the commission with immediate effect", they said.

The resignation comes after Chebukati suspended CEO Ezra Chiloba over irregularities in the procurement process.

Chiloba accused Chebukati of engaging in a witch-hunt and went to court to compel IEBC to reinstate him as the chief executive officer.

"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.

The head of the Electoral Law and Governance Institute in Africa, Felix Odhiambo, says the overhaul of the commission means it will be hard to know what happened in 2017 presidential vote.

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