Kenya replaces Electoral Commission Chief Executive

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Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive, Mr. Chiloba was on Tuesday replaced by his deputy, Marjan Hussein Marjan.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson, Mr Wafula Chebukati, on Tuesday announced a new six-man team that will manage the October 17 fresh presidential election, the East African reports.

According to Mr Chebukati,“In my capacity as the National Returning Officer for the presidential election and in accordance with Section 38 of the Elections Act (2011), I have hereby appointed the following staff members to serve in a project team for purposes of the presidential election to be held on 17th October 2017.”

Mr Marjan is expected to be the October 17 fresh poll project coordinator. Previously, he had led the team at the national tallying centre in receiving forms 34B from constituencies.

Other officers replaced include; his deputy Betty Nyabuto, the director of voter registration and elections operations, Immaculate Kasait, her deputy Mwaura Kamwati, the manager of operations and head of ICT, Andrew Muhati, the report said.

Chebukati announced that the appointments take immediate effect and will be for a period of 3 months.

He further explained that the changes were part of a bid to show commitment that the re-run will be in line with the constitution and a reflection of the sovereign will of Kenyans.

Earlier, opposition leader Raila Odinga had set conditions for participating in the repeat presidential election. One of the conditions he highlighted is the removal of six officials at the election board.

Uhuru Kenyatta won the August elections by 1.4 million votes, but the Supreme Court on the 8 August invalidated his victory, citing irregularities.

The six-judge bench led by Chief Justice David Maraga, by majority decision, found that the electoral commission failed to conduct the polls according to the Constitution and Elections Act and called for a re-run within 60 days.

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