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

Wafula Chebukati

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has reportedly vowed to stay put amid calls for his resignation following recent developments at the agency.

The Senate Leader of Minority noted Kenya will experience both political and constitutional crisis should the commission's Chairperson Wafula Chebukati not resign.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, Chebukati said he had not received resignation notices from the three and only learnt the news from the press.

Statement by James Orengo emerged hours after three IEBC commissioners tendered their resignation faulting Chebukati of a compromised leadership.

The commission is now crippled as it lacks the quorum of five commissioners to transact business as required by law.

Sources indicate that Chebukati was struck by news of the resignation of his Vice Chair Connie Maina, Commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margret Wanjala.

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The commissioners were referring to the suspension of Ezra Chiloba, the commission CEO, over "procurement issues" and "misappropriation of funds" during the last general elections that the IEBC chairman wants investigated while Chiloba is away.

Among those NASA wanted out the most was the IEBC chief officer, Ezra Chiloba who is serving a three-month compulsory leave.The commission fallout escalated further last week when Chebukati's chose to send Chiloba on compulsory leave.

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.

"The removal of a CEO is a weighty matter, and is one that should not have been introduced as a by-the-way", the commissioners said in reference to the argument that Mr Chebukati had ambushed the other commissioners with the agenda.

Meanwhile, the Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Josphat Ole Sapit has urged Parliament to move with speed and reconstitute a select team able to vet new commissioners capable of working in harmony.

Speaking in Butere on Tuesday, the Anglican Church boss said there was need for electoral reforms that will enable future peaceful elections. There are no longer good or bad commissioners at IEBC.