Aukot joins cho­rus for IEBC chiefs to be sent home af­ter bungling elec­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics | General -

Third­way Party leader Ekuru Aukot (pic­tured) yes­ter­day joined NASA in de­mand­ing the im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion of top elec­toral agency man­agers.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day in Nairobi, Aukot who ran for the top seat in the Au­gust 8 Gen­eral Elec­tion said the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion chair­man Wa­fula Che­bukati, CEO Ezra Chiloba, head of ICT James Muha­tia, Im­mac­u­late Ka­sait( di­rec­tor of elec­tions) and Praxi­dice Tororei (di­rec­tor of le­gal af­fairs) must go.

“The judg­ment es­tab­lished that the IEBC mis­man­aged this elec­tion in­clud­ing the tam­per­ing of forms 34Bs, 34As. To that ex­tent Chiloba, be­ing the CEO of the Com­mis­sion must take full re­spon­si­bil­ity and va­cate of­fice im­me­di­ately. Con­se­quently all the 290 Re­turn­ing of­fi­cers should re­sign im­me­di­ately,” Aukot said.

“While we care for the in­sti­tu­tional mem­ory of the in­sti­tu­tion, which Chiloba epit­o­mises cur­rently, we will not ac­cept the com­mis­sion of of­fences, il­le­gal­ity and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties un­der his watch. That is why we call on Chiloba to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he added.

It will be dif­fi­cult for them to face the fresh elec­tion which is to be con­ducted within 60 days with the cur­rent com­po­si­tion of the elec­toral agency.

Aukot noted that he does not sup­port the over­haul of IEBC but bad el­e­ments in the in­sti­tu­tion should be up­rooted.

“Elec­toral of­fences and omis­sions by IEBC staff must be pun­ished to re­store con­fi­dence in the elec­toral man­age­ment body. It is clear that IEBC can­not be trusted as a neu­tral body,” he said.

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