IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati was on Thursday, October 5 turned away by the joint committee on Election Laws amendment after members suspected he was not making a presentation on behalf of the other commissioners.
Chebukati had decided to appear alone before the committee chaired by MPs Fatuma Dullo (Isiolo) and William Cheptumo (Baringo North) but was dismissed after the committee found out he had solely appended his signature in the memoranda.
The MPs said they suspected infighting at the commission saying Chebukati ought to have been accompanied by several officials and the memoranda signed accordingly by the majority of the commissioners to ascertain that indeed it was their collective work.
Mumias MP Ben Washiali who is also House Majority chief whip, said the responsibility of the electoral commission is collective and not wholly vested upon the chairperson.
“It is so suspicious for the Chairman to appear here on his own. It is a norm that commissioners be accompanied by other officials,” Kasarani MP Waihenya Ndirangu said.
Chebukati was however, quick to defend himself saying the electoral agency held a plenary on Wednesday where all members endorsed the document. He said his colleagues were busy preparing for the October 26 presidential poll.
“This document was purified by members during the plenary but if it is the feeling of this committee that the commissioners be here, then we shall appear. There is no mischief as alleged,” said Chebukati.
Chebukati returned later the same evening in the company of other commissioners and IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba as well as other officials.