Che­bukati wants Chiloba, Nyab­uto out in IEBC purge

Oth­ers tar­geted are Le­gal and Pub­lic Af­fairs Di­rec­tor Praxedes Tororey, Voter Regis­tra­tion and Elec­toral Oper­a­tions Di­rec­tor Im­mac­u­late Kas­sait and ICT Di­rec­tor James Muhati

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - JAMES MBAKA @onchir­im­baka

THE IEBC has ap­proved far-reach­ing changes to its sec­re­tariat, even as the Com­mis­sion awaits the pub­li­ca­tion of the full judg­ment by the Supreme Court re­peal­ing Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s re­elec­tion.

The Com­mis­sion on Satur­day held a day­long cri­sis meet­ing and re­solved to ini­ti­ate a rad­i­cal purge at the sec­re­tariat led by Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Ezra Chiloba be­fore the new pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in 60 days.

“Our hands are tied un­til we see the full judg­ment by the Supreme Court, but we have agreed on the way for­ward as part of our con­tin­gency plan,” a com­mis­sioner at the IEBC told the Star yes­ter­day on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“It would be on the ba­sis of that judg­ment that, of course, the Com­mis­sion would make longterm in­ter­nal changes to en­hance ef­fi­ciency in the con­duct of the re­run.

“Some peo­ple must take re­spon­si­bil­ity im­me­di­ately.”

Cit­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and il­le­gal­i­ties in how the IEBC tal­lied and re­ported the Au­gust 8 Pres­i­den­tial vote, the Supreme Court on Fri­day de­clared the re­sults in­valid, null and void, and said a new elec­tion must be held within two months.

On Satur­day, the elec­toral bosses en­dorsed ma­jor changes to Oper­a­tions and the Le­gal and ICT de­part­ments, with heads ex­pected to roll this week.

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Chief Jus­tice David Maraga and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Githu Muigai with IEBC com­mis­sion­ers and CEO Ezra Chiloba af­ter they were sworn-in on Jan­uary 20

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