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Blow to IEBC as attempt to replace Chiloba flops

Headache for IEBC as plan to replace Chiloba flops

Former IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba

The Employment and Labour Relations Court thwarted plans by the IEBC to fill the position of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The courts ruled that it had extended orders barring the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from filling the position which is currently being contested.

Justice Bryan Ongayo granted the request in an application filed by Chama Cha Mawakili (CCM), a lobby group comprising of lawyers.

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Unlawful process

CCM disputed that IEBC was not following the law as it planned to replace Ezra Chiloba who was fired.

The lobby group claimed that IEBC did not publish all the names of the applicants for the CEO position, the shortlisted candidates.

According to CCM, the failure was a violation of Article 35 of the Constitution on access to information.

CCM further argued that failure to comply with the law would result in IEBC having an unsuitable CEO on account of having been selected through a process that is not open.

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Chiloba's exit

The Commission and the Attorney General have now been given two weeks within which they are required to file their responses to the application.

In June, the IEBC published the full list of people who wished to take up the CEO job, including two who submitted their applications out of time.

This happened after former CEO Ezra Chiloba was sent on leave in April last year to pave way for an audit of the procurement for election materials.

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He was fired in October 2018 even though he still has a pending court case challenging the manner in which he was kicked out.

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