Three Kenya election board commissioners resign, cite leadership failure

Three Kenya election board commissioners resign, cite leadership failure

"The Commission Chair has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in hard times and gives directions when needed", they noted in a statement.

"Under his leadership, the Commission boardroom has become a venue for peddling misinformation, grounds for brewing mistrust, and a space for scrambling for and chasing for individual glory and credit", the trio said in a joint statement.

Vice-chairwoman consulate Nkatha is among those who resigned. It was first captured by the State to rig the presidential election a year ago and then the commissioners and senior staff became greedy players in the procurement process and the business undertaken by the commission.

The exit of Nkatha, Kurgat, and Mwachanya brings to four the number of Commissioners that have left IEBC.

Mwachanya blames politicians for the commission's woes.

The first commissioner to resign was Roselyn Akombe who quit just days to the October 26, 2017 repeat presidential poll.

With only three Commissioners, the poll agency falls below the requisite quorum for making binding resolutions.

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"The only prejudice to be suffered is the fact that Mr Chiloba will not be able to go to the office, therefore, court declines to issue the said orders", he ruled.

The commissioners said they hope that their resignation will accord an opportunity to reflect on the future of the electoral body.

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

He also faulted Chebukati for convening a plenary meeting without following due procedure with regards to quorum.

"We need a maximum of five commissioners".

The officers said whereas the commission is supposed to function as a single unit, Chebukati has created an "us versus them", "Commissioners versus Secretariat", and "Chair versus CEO" situation, reiterating that in their view a failure by any part of a unit of the organization is a failure of the entire commission.

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