Kenya election officials quit, pressure on chairman to go

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

Chebukati stated that he was yet to receive the formal communication confirming the resignation of commissioners Connie Nkatha Maina, Margaret Mwachanya, and Paul Kugat.

Electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has been linked to a tender for legal services which suggests the appearance of conflict of interest in a position which demands the highest integrity.

He further alleged that Ruto wanted suspended IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba back at the commission's helm by all means.

In a statement seen by TUKO.co.ke, Orengo demanded the disbandment of the entire commission since it has failed accountability, efficiency and accuracy tests as stipulated in the constitution.

Mwachanya blames politicians for the commission's woes. "Consequently, we regret to announce our resignation from the commission with immediate effect".

Senator Kipchumba Murkomen of the ruling Jubilee Party is now calling for commission head Wafula Chebukati to step down and for the IEBC to be disbanded.

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"The chairman has, in several instances, failed to be the steady and stable hand to steer the commission ship", the statement added.

The commissioners' resignation leaves in office three other commissioners after Roselyn Akombe resigned in October past year saying she feared for her safety and that the IEBC as then constituted could not hold credible repeat elections.

The commission was frequently at the centre of controversy during Kenya's extended election season in 2017, in which around 100 people were killed. 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.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga boycotted the repeat election, which saw President Uhuru Kenyatta being elected for a second term.

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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