President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared vacant four positions of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners.
In Gazette Notice No. 3522 issued on April 14, President Uhuru gave the leeway for the process of replacing the four IEBC commissioners to start.
IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by Section 7(A) of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act, 2011, I Uhuru Kenyatta… declare vacancies in the positions of four members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission,” reads the gazette notice.
A troubled IEBC
Just eight days before the October 26 repeat presidential election, Commissioner Roselyne Akombe announced her resignation from the electoral agency.
Akombe released a statement from New York saying that the forthcoming repeat polls would not meet the basic expectations of a free, fair and credible election.
“We need the Commission to be courageous and speak out, that this election as planned cannot meet the basic expectations of a CREDIBLE election. Not when the staff are getting last minute instructions on changes in technology and electronic transmission of results,” read part of Akombe’s statement.
Nearly seven months after the prolonged election period ended, Commissioners Margaret Mwachanya, Consolata Maina (deputy chairperson) and Paul Kurgat also announced their resignation from IEBC.
The trio blamed Chairperson Wafula Chebukati for failing the electoral agency, in the quest for a free, fair election.
“Given this severe deterioration of confidence in the commission chair, we find our position as commissioners under his leadership no longer tenable. Consequently, we regret to announce our resignation from the commission with immediate effect,” read a joint statement from the three commissioners.
Currently, the commission only has three commissioners- Wafula Chebukati (Chairperson), Prof. Abdi Yakub, and Boya Mulu.
Supreme Court forces IEBC to conduct fresh polls
In an unprecedented turn of events, the apex court, led by now retired Chief Justice David Maraga, in a 4-2 majority opinion nullified the August2017 Presidential Election.
In declaring Jubilee candidate Uhuru Kenyatta’s win as null and void, the Supreme Court ruled that IEBC did not conduct the elections according to the dictates of the Constitution.
The court then ordered IEBC to conduct fresh presidential election, polls that Raila Odinga- opposition coalition candidate- boycotted.