IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe resigns

Written By: Margaret Kalekye
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Roselyn Akombe

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Roselyn Akombe has resigned.

Akombe in a statement cited a commission under siege arising from partisan interests saying the electoral body is unable to deliver a 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” she said.

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She also said there were too many petitions against IEBC with most of them laced with partisan leanings.

Akombe further stated that the commission has become a party to the current crisis.

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“It has become increasingly difficult to continue attending plenary meetings where Commissioners come ready to vote along partisan lines and not to discuss the merit of issues before them”

“ It has become increasingly difficult to appear on television to defend positions I disagree with in the name of collective responsibility. I have concluded that I am no longer making any significant contribution to the Commission and to my country as a Commissioner” she stated.

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Akombe had travelled to Dubai to inspect the printing of ballot papers for the repeat election next week but has fled to New York fearing for her life.

 

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