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Chiloba takes leave a week to repeat presidential poll

By Reuters | Published Fri, October 20th 2017 at 11:03, Updated October 20th 2017 at 14:16 GMT +3
IEBC chief Ezra Chiloba: He has taken a three-week leave ahead of October 26 repeat presidential poll

In summary

  • Ezra Chiloba takes three-week leave days after IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati asks officials mentioned adversely to step aside 
  • On Wednesday, IEBC Commissioner in charge of logistics Roselyn Akombe fled to US from where she resigned 
  • NASA pulled itself from the repeat presidential poll a week ago maintaining IEBC had failed to meet irreducible minimum demands

NAIROBI, KENYA: The chief executive of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), who the opposition has demanded must be fired before a repeat presidential election scheduled for October 26, said on Friday he was taking three weeks of leave.

Ezra Chiloba said he had taken a personal decision to take leave in light of the opposition’s demands, without giving more details. He said all arrangements were in place for the election, as ordered by the Supreme Court.

“This is the first time I‘m taking leave since my son was born. He turns two years (old) in two weeks’ time,” he told Reuters.

The court annulled the first election, held in August and in which incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner, over procedural irregularities.

The opposition, led by Raila Odinga, has said it will boycott the re-run unless several demands, including the sacking of Chiloba, are met.

Odinga met the chairman of the election board, Wafula Chebukati, on Thursday and later told reporters that if there were serious consultations and serious reforms, the opposition could review its boycott.

The board has said the election will go ahead and Kenyatta, has insisted the vote must be held. On Thursday, the president snubbed an invitation to meet Chebukati, saying he would instead spend the time campaigning.

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