IEBC Fires 5 Senior Officials Ahead of the October 26 Presidential Election

The IEBC has moved with speed to make far-reaching reforms...

Shortly after IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati met a delegation from NASA led by Raila Odinga, the polls commission has reprimanded a total of 19 senior officials.

Out of the 19, five returning officers have been given their sacking letters while 14 others have been issued with a final warning. 29 other officials at different levels have been issued with verbal warnings ahead of the October 26 repeat election.

Embakasi South deputy returning officer, who was the subject of a dramatic confrontation after he was found opening ballot papers without a court order, is among those who have been fired.

Some of the returning officers whose forms were identified in the Supreme Court Registrar’s report are reportedly in the list of officials who will leave the commission.

The Supreme Court majority decision cited the irregularities in forms submitted from Kisauni, Nyali, Likoni, and Mvita as part of the evidence that convinced them to nullify President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election.

Temporary staff who served in the August 8 election have not been spared either, with 200 presiding officers whose forms had errors being blacklisted from future IEBC jobs.

The extensive reforms come at a time when the commission is preparing a thorough training process that will start on Thursday and will bring together 600 returning officers and ICT technical staff.

The changes, however, are unlikely to change NASA’s position as Odinga on Wednesday insisted that none of their “irreducible minimums” had been met, even accusing Chebukati of lying about their meeting.

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