Secrets behind resignation of 3 IEBC commissioners

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

Secrets behind resignation of 3 IEBC commissioners

IEBC commissioners Paul Kurgat, Margaret Wanjala and Vice chairperson Consolata Nkatha announce their resignations during a press conference in Nairobi, April 16, 2018.

The resignations at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) confirms the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta was fraudulent, Siaya Senator James Orengo has said.

The officers said whereas the commission is supposed to function as a single unit, Chebukati has created an "us versus them", "Commissioners versus Secretariat", and "Chair versus CEO" situation, reiterating that in their view a failure by any part of a unit of the organization is a failure of the entire commission.

The electoral agency's top officials were divided over how best to conduct the 2017 elections and administrative issues regarding the procurement of voting materials.

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In his affidavit, Chiloba had told the court that the decision to have him go on compulsory leave was prejudicial since he was not accorded an opportunity to defend himself.

Akombe cited interference from political players and lack of independence among Commissioners.

One of the three officials who resigned was the vice chairman of the body.

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 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.

Since past year, Chebukati has been struggling to stamp authority in the commission and the latest twist of events could be the end of his controversial tenure in the commission.

"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 past year".

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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