Three IEBC commissioners resign

Kenyan commissioners Nkatha Maina Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat attend a news conference where they announced their resignation in Nairobi

The officers have cited that the chairman Wafula Chebukati has failed to give proper leadership. Mr Chebukati has ordered an investigation into five tenders.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said in a statement on Monday evening that the three officials who quit "have not returned the public assets entrusted to them" and said that the commission's "operations are on course" despite the resignations and the ongoing audit.

Mwachanya was reading a resignation letter on behalf of two other colleagues - deputy chairperson Consolata Maina and commissioner Paul Kurgat. "We must banish the external players from the commission boardroom and regain the independence of the commission", they said. "We think that this is a culmination of leadership failure in the commission and its important that Chebukati takes action to resign from his office now, with the remaining two commissioners".

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Chebukati said he had learned of the resignations through the media, and would comment later. Chiloba joined the commission and within three months, he had paid. By law, the commission must have four active members to carry out business.

Last year, Kenya's supreme court nullified the result of the president election, forcing the poll to be held again. "Where does this leave election management in this country?" 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.

The three further faulted the manner in which decisions were being made at the commission including the recent move to send IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba on a three-month compulsory leave.

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