Three senior IEBC commissioners resign

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Magaya also alleged IEBC Vice Chair Consolata Maina, commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya were working for Deputy President William Ruto.

On April 19, the commission sent its chief executive on three months' compulsory leave pending an audit without giving a detailed reason for the move.

A response from Chebukati indicates that the three have not formally resigned as required by the law, a clear indication that it was just a "word of mouth".

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"The Commission Chair has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in hard times and gives directions when needed", they noted in a statement. "We must banish the external players from the commission boardroom and regain the independence of the commission", they said.

"The institution has continued to be dysfunctional, with arbitrary decision-making, leaking of internal documents and pursuing of personal interests", the three officials from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said in a statement they released at a news conference in Nairobi. This race to chase "ghosts" that don't exist needs to stop, The Commissioners must all serve exclusively for the objective that we were appointed.

The commissioners past year refused to step down amid opposition calls on them to resign, followed by protests to force their resignation, leading to scores of deaths.

They faulted Chiloba's removal saying it is a weighty matter that should not have been treated lightly. "Given this severe deterioration of confidence in the Commission's Chair, we find our position as Commissioners under his leadership no longer tenable", they said.

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"The events leading to suspension of Chiloba have greatly shaken our already feeble confidence in the Chair".

Apparently, their resignation means that Chebukati has been left with only two commissioners, Prof. Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu.

Kenya's electoral body was on Monday thrown into turmoil after three commissioners resigned, citing loss of confidence in the chairman.

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