In Summary
  • According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act, a vacancy can occur if a commissioner resigns through a written letter to the President.

  • Ms Maina, Ms Mwachanya and Mr Kurgat told their former employer to go ahead and find their replacement.

  • They said the chairman also ordered the withdrawal of their security detail.

Three former electoral commissioners have denied blocking the agency from finding their replacements.

The three, who resigned after citing lack of confidence in the leadership of the agency’s chairman Wafula Chebukati, said they formally tendered their resignation to the President on April 16.

Former commissioners Consolata Maina, Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat  were responding to a case in which activist Okiya Omtatah has accused them of blocking the commission from announcing vacancies and commencing the process of replacing them.

According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act, a vacancy can occur if a commissioner resigns through a written letter to the President. The law provides that the President shall publish a notice of a vacancy in the Gazette within seven days of its occurrence.

REPLACEMENT

Ms Maina, Ms Mwachanya and Mr Kurgat told their former employer to go ahead and find their replacement.

“As far as we are concerned, we have resigned as commissioners, but our resignation is yet to be officially communicated and no vacancy has been declared,” they said.

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