Kenya electoral board commissioners resign over leadership fight

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

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

Apparently, their resignation means that Chebukati has been left with only two commissioners, Prof.

Three top commissioners from Kenya's electoral body - including the vice chair - resigned on Monday, citing their lack of faith in the board's current chair in the wake of tumultuous elections in the East African country.

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

"Henceforth, political parties should nominate IEBC Commissioners".

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.

"We must banish external players from the commission boardroom and reclaim the commission's independence", she said.

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Chiloba was handed a three-month suspension by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati to allow audit of the 2017 election financial processes. "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".

The commissioners a year ago refused to step down amid opposition calls on them to resign, followed by protests to force their resignation, leading to scores of deaths.

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. 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.

Since a year ago, 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.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga pulled out of the presidential election rerun saying he had no faith in the commission's ability to conduct a free and fair election. Abdi Yakub Guliye and Boya Molu.

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