In Summary
  • Those who resigned included former vice-chairperson Consolata Maina, Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya.
  • Mr Chebukati said they each swore affidavits affirming their resignations in a petition pending before the High Court.
  • Ms Maina and Ms Mwachanya stormed the commission’s offices last Friday, saying they are effectively still in office.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has insisted that the commissioners who returned to their offices on Friday resigned and they will, therefore, not be allowed back.

In a statement to the newsrooms, Mr Chebukati said the three commissioners including former vice-chairperson Consolata Maina, Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya issued a public statement of their resignation on April 16.

Mr Chebukati said the three filed and submitted their clearance forms – having surrendered the commission's assets and were cleared by the secretariat.

AFFIDAVITS

Additionally, he said, they each swore affidavits affirming their resignations in a petition pending before the High Court, that they had submitted their letters to the President.

In a ruling, Justice Wilfrida Okwny said the issue of the commissioners’ alleged resignation was an issue that was neither here nor there and was not proved by any tangible evidence.

Two of the commissioners returned to their offices on Friday, causing an uproar as lawyers termed the move as unethical and immoral.

Mr Chebukati said in the statement that the commission has appeared before Parliament’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and the Senate to address the framework for filling the vacancies.

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