Blow to Raila as Chiloba insists he won’t quit

The IEBC CEO says the body was a victim of its success

Ezra Chiloba

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission CEO, Ezra Chiloba, has said he will not resign as demanded by the Opposition.

Chiloba is the head of he secretariat at the poll body and has been under pressure to quit office before the October 17 presidential polls but says it will be catastrophic for officials of IEBC to be removed due to the difficulty of the task ahead.

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Opposition leaders James Orengo, Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka flank NASA chief Raila Odinga during a press conference on August 16, 2017. PHOTO: THE STAR

Led by its presidential candidate Raila Odinga, the National Super Alliance has demanded for his removal and his senior colleagues at the commission otherwise the forthcoming elections will not happen.

Nasa has put the blame for the overturning of the August 8 election by the Supreme Court, squarely on Chiloba and a handful others.

“The question is not whether I resign or not, its whether we are ready for the election…I should not be part of the metrics whether I be there or not..we need to shift the focus,” he said on the evening of Wednesday, September 13 during a live interview on NTV.

According to Chiloba, its like de javu all over again, that the said demands for his resignation have been made several times before but noted he was concentrating on leading his team in handling the October poll.

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He says the electoral body will not have enough time to remove him from office and get his replacement due to the tight deadline to hold the upcoming poll, not to mention the experience he and the others have in managing elections.

Chiloba observed that the August election was the best managed in Africa and that him and his colleagues were victims of their successes.

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