MPs question status of IEBC commissioners who resigned

Written By: Kevin Wachira
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The three commissioners who resigned

Head of public service Joseph Kinyua is on the spot over uncertainty regarding the status of three IEBC commissioners who resigned last month.

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IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati told the National Assembly justice and legal affairs committee that Kinyua is yet to respond to his request that he clears the air over the resignations.

MPs were concerned that despite the commission being legally constituted with three commissioners, the commission was limited in capacity due to lack of quorum.

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Commission chairperson Wafula Chebukati admitted that the remaining team was incapable of developing policies and strategies since the law requires plenary quorum to be at least 5 commissioners.

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The MPs questioned the status of the three commissioners who resigned last month.

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Chebukati blamed treasury and the head of public service Joseph Kinyua for allegedly failing to reply to his inquiries on whether vice chair Consolata Nkatha, commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya were still in the payroll or had submitted their resignation letters to the president who is the appointing authority.

Chebukati told MPs the three ex-commissioners were yet to surrender vehicles and other assets.

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The remaining three IEBC commissioners also defended the decision to suspend chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba saying it was necessary for an in-depth audit on procurement and pending bills.

The justice and legal affairs committee is seeking to reform the electoral agency ahead of national census scheduled for next year as well as the boundaries review process.

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