Staff at the embattled electoral body have finally decided to re-unite after several weeks of conflict between them.
Commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) resolved to work together to deliver a free, fair and credible repeat presidential election on October 17.
Speaking at a retreat in Naivasha on Monday (11/9/17), the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati indicated that the commission discussed issues that surrounded the August 8 election and will ensure there will be a smooth process come next month.
The chairman also divulged that the commission’s CEO Ezra Chiloba will oversee the project team he appointed last week for the fresh poll.
“We have agreed to review and streamline the operationalisation of the project team for purposes of efficient and effective delivery of the fresh presidential election. The CEO has been tasked to assess the implementation challenges that were experienced during the just concluded General Election and propose a project implementation framework that is aligned with the existing organisational structure,” stated Chebukati.
National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga had on Sunday vowed that the coalition would not participate in the election unless Chiloba was sacked and prosecuted.
He reiterated that he would boycott the repeat exercise if drastic changes were not effected in the electoral body.
“Chiloba team must go home. These were the prime suspects who were involved in the shambolic elections. They should be prosecuted for election offences.
”We are here to thank you for the overwhelming support you gave us during the recent shambolic election that was cancelled by the Supreme Court following major irregularities. However, we still maintain that we are not ready to participate if the people we mentioned are not fired,” he added.
Jubilee Party led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, had expressed reservations with regard to the IEBC project team and the team’s resolution.