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February 19, 2018

Replacing Chiloba, Chebukati may compromise rerun, says Jubilee

IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba and chairman Wafula Chebukati at a press conference in Nairobi on February 7
IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba and chairman Wafula Chebukati at a press conference in Nairobi on February 7

Jubilee Party yesterday told the court that replacing IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba and chairman Wafula Chebukati (pictured) will compromise next month’s presidential polls.

In response to a suit that seeks to bar Chiloba, Chebukati and other commissioners from overseeing the October 17 presidential rerun, Jubilee says any such move may compromise the quality and integrity of the fresh polls.

Brian Asin, Ben Wanasakaami and Kevin Alwang’a want a new team appointed to conduct next month’s polls on the grounds that Chiloba and the commissioners bungled the last one.

But Jubilee wants the case dismissed, saying any orders in favour of the petitioners will disorganise the IEBC.

The party argues that changing the commissioners, when elections are only a month away,  may lead to having incompetent officers who would compromise the excellence and integrity of the polls.

“It will not be possible to replace the current commissioners in view of Article 134(C), which bars the President from appointing state officers during temporary incumbency” the party adds.

In a sworn statement, the party’s deputy executive director Mary Kigen further says Chebukati and his team perform a unique task and they have special expertise acquired during their tenure in office and the training they received.

Asin, Wanasakaami and Alwang’a moved to court a fortnight ago, hours after the Supreme Court nullified the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta following a petition by NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga.

The case will be mentioned before Justice John Mativo on September 22.

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