3 officials resign in Kenya's electoral body over poll probe

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Three Kenya electoral commissioners quit

Ideally, the commission as constituted can not transact businesses following exit of Consolatta Nkatha, Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has issued a response after three commissioners at the electoral commission resigned.

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The three further alleged that the agency's boardroom had turned into "a venue for peddling money, misinformation and grounds for brewing mistrust".

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

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"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.

Experts said the effect of the latest move will destabilize the commission at a time it is preparing to conduct electoral boundaries review for the 2022 election, whereas Chiloba's absence will make it hard or impossible for the secretariat to operate because the CEO by law makes the day-to-day decisions which no other commissioner can. "We must banish the external players from the commission boardroom and regain the independence of the commission", they said.

"However, the institution has continued to be dysfunctional with arbitrary decision making and leaking of internal documents", the resigning commissioners said in a statement. "The event related to the purported vote have greatly shaken our already feeble confidence in the chair. Consequently we regret to announce our resignation from the commission with immediate effect", they said. The resignation of Consolata, Mwachanya and Kurgat means that Chebukati is left with only two Commissioners, Prof.

Just before the October 30 re-run elections, and after an electoral commissioner fled Kenya for the USA, saying she feared for her life, Chebukati said he could not guarantee the polls would meet standards of fairness. Abdi Yakub Guliye and Boya Molu.

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