Status quo remains at IEBC, Chiloba to now head October elections

Commission reaffirms its allegiance to the people of Kenya

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IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba, PHOTO: SOFTKENYA

The storm seems to have subsided at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission following a retreat in Naivasha by senior officials including commissioners.

The body’s chair, Wafula Chebukati, and CEO Ezra Chiloba have buried the hatchet as far as the October 17 repeat polls ordered by the Supreme Court are concerned and the two will now be involved directly in managing the exercise.

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IEBC commissioner Roselyne Akombe, chairman Wafula Chebukati and CEO Ezra Chiloba after a meeting with presidential candidates on June 15 PHOTO: MONICAH MWANGI/THE STAR

Chebukati said in a media briefing on Monday, September 11, that he has appointed Chiloba to spearhead a team he recently put together to conduct the fresh presidential poll.

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“We all agreed to review and streamline the operationalisation of the project team for purposes of efficient and effective delivery of the fresh presidential election. The CEO has been tasked to access implementation challenges that were experienced during the just concluded general election and propose a project implementation framework that is aligned with the existing organization structure,” reads part of a statement by the chairman which was seen by Zipo.co.ke.

The past week has been quite dramatic with Chiloba and Chebukati getting involved in a public spat especially after a memo was leaked in which the latter sought for answers as to why the August 8 presidential poll was nullified.

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Matters seemed to get out after majority of the commissioners ganged up to denounce Chebukati’s memo saying they were not privy of its contents. Only two commissioners sided with Chebuati leaving many puzzled.

But in a move seen to try to salvage the electoral body’s image, Chebukati and his team went on a retreat to iron out their differences and yesterday spoke in one voice with him saying they were now an item.

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He noted that they are united and rubbished claims that the commissioners were affiliated to either Jubilee or NASA.

“Our allegiance is to the people of Kenya and that is why we are saying we are going to work together as one,” said Chebukati.

He went on to add that despite the infighting within the IEBC, the commission was ready to handle the repeat poll.