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

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

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

"My call for IEBC Commissioners to resign is informed by recent wrangles linked to the fight for tenders plus control and manipulation of IEBC staff", Murkomen said on Twitter.

Half of Kenya's electoral board has resigned "with immediate effect", as the commissioners cited lack of faith in the organisation's leadership.

Last week, the commission sent its chief executive on three months of compulsory leave pending an audit, it said, without giving a detailed reason for the move.

The latest development dividing the commissioners was the suspension of the head of the commission's administrative wing, Ezra Chiloba over financial mismanagement.

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"Henceforth, political parties should nominate IEBC Commissioners".

The trio who held a joint press address from a Nairobi hotel, said under Chebukati's leadership external cartels had encroached on the commission's independence.

Orengo noted Kenya will experience both political and constitutional crisis should the commission's Chairperson Wafula Chebukati not resign.Photo: James Orengo/Twitter.

"The Commission Chairperson has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in hard times and give direction when needed", Commissioner Mwachanya said flanked by Nkatha and Kurgat.

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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.

"Given this severe deterioration of confidence in the commission chair, we find our position as commissioners under his leadership no longer tenable", she said.

Mwachanya was reading a resignation letter on behalf of two other colleagues - deputy chairperson Consolata Maina and commissioner Paul Kurgat.

In an interesting turn of events, vocal commissioner Roselyne Akombe threw in the towel seven days to the repeat October 26 polls.

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The resignation of the three leaves the commission technically dysfunctional with only Chebukati, and Commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye remaining put.

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