Embattled Kenyan Electoral commission CEO takes leave

By Judy Maina,

NAIROBI – Mounting pressure has forced the embattled the Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Ezra Chiloba to take a three-week break and will be away during the Thursday’s repeat presidential election.

Daily Nation newspaper quoted sources close to the Commission that Chiloba took a “personal decision to be away in order to build confidence in stakeholders” who had complained about commission officials.

This came after the Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati insisted that officials mentioned “adversely’’ after the annulled presidential election step aside. He said the election would not be credible with the officials in office.

Chiloba has been under tremendous pressure from the National Super Alliance to resign, accusing him and other officials of mismanaging the annulled August elections.

The opposition leader Raila Odinga has also been calling for street protests to force him out of office.

Chiloba’s decision came days Dr Roselyn Akombe, a commissioner resigned, saying the commission was under siege by the politicians.

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