Three senior IEBC commissioners resign

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Electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has been linked to a tender for legal services which suggests the appearance of conflict of interest in a position which demands the highest integrity. "Consequently, we regret to announce our resignation from the commission with immediate effect".

Vice Chair Consolata Nkatha and commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya cited bad leadership by the Chairman as their main reason.

Their moved have deepened the crisis at the electoral agency.

Chiloba is the current IEBC Chief Executive Officer who was sent on a three-month compulsory by Chairman Wafula Chebukati for investigations into "major procurement issues".

"Instead, under the leadership, the Commission boardroom has become a venue for peddling misinformation, grounds for brewing mistrust, and a space for scrambling for and chasing individual glory and credit", the commissioners said in a statement.

Senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen said Chebukati and the two remaining commissioners should resign within a week or a tribunal would be formed to investigate them.

Apparently, their resignation means that Chebukati has been left with only two commissioners, Prof.

With the three commissioners resigning and another fleeing the country previous year, the two remaining commissioners and Chebukati will be unable to make decisions.

Additionally the trio said the vote to send Chiloba packing was done while some of the commissioners were out of the country.

"The question would be why would you call for disbandment of the commission when the chair has called for an important audit of the aspect of 2017 election", he said.

Kenya's Supreme Court nullified the presidential election last August, saying the electoral commission did not follow the constitution and the law.