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In a joint press briefing at a Nairobi hotel on Monday morning, IEBC Vice Chair Consolata Nkatha Maina, Commissioners Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat said that external interference has encroached the commission's independence under Chebukati's leadership.

"With the deteriorating mistrust at the commission, we feel that our position as commissioners is no longer tenable and we regret to tender our resignations with immediate effect", the three said in the statement read by Ms Mwachanya.

"The Commission Chairperson has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in hard times and give direction when needed", they claimed in a joint statement.

Just before the October 30 re-run elections, and after an electoral commissioner fled Kenya for the USA, saying she feared for her life, Chebukati said he could not guarantee the polls would meet standards of fairness.

In a statement, the three commissioners accused the chairman, Wafula Chebukati, of turning the commission into a space for "scrambling and chasing individual glory and credit".

The trio further disclosed that the decision to suspend Chiloba was made in absence of some of the Commissioners.

According to the Siaya Senator, resignation by the three commissioners is a symptom of an incurable and cancerous disease that bedevils the agency.

"As such we are requesting the relevant government organs to act appropriately to ensure the commission's operations are not stifled", he appealed.

The commissioners were referring to the suspension of Ezra Chiloba, the commission CEO, over "procurement issues" and "misappropriation of funds" during the last general elections that the IEBC chairman wants investigated while Chiloba is away.

TUKO.co.ke understands the move by Chebukati in agreement with commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu to send Chiloba home informed Maina, Kurgat and Mwachanya's decision to reign.

"Without a doubt a doubt it undermines the legitimacy of the Jubilee administration and confirms that its election was an electoral fraud", he added.

The Leader of Majority in the National Assembly says that the recruiting team that was in place in 2013 was the best and all the commissions that were set up under their tenure were the best.


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