Kenya Election Official Resigns From IEBC: The Full Statement
A senior member of IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission-funded in 2011 by the Constitution of Kenya) has resigned, saying the country is inadequate to hold persuasive elections to be held next week.
Dr. Roselyn Akombe said that the IEBC was under political blockade and is unable to reach an accord or take any sustainable decision- in the repeat election to be held on October 26.
Dr. Roselyn Akombe resigned form IEBC
Source: THE STAR
Dr. Akombe sent the statement to the BBC form New York, where she is based, working for the UN-before she took over the job at the Electoral Commission.
The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017.
Dr. Akome who currently resides in U.S. said the BBC that she has to migrate fearing for her life. She said the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati is under 'siege'.
In an interview with the BBC, Roselyn Akome said that the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati is under 'siege'
In that interview, she also focused on to take action against guilty, who attack or try to create an imbalance in between the staffs of IEBC. She said,
It broke my heart in the last few days to listen to my staff in the field, majority of whom truly want to do the right thing, express to me their safety and security concerns. I shared detailed reports from staff in four of the Counties most hit by the ongoing protests - Nairobi, Siaya, Kisumu, and Homa Bay - with the hope that this will bring sobriety to our decision making.
Instead, this was met with more extremist responses from most Commissioners, who are keen to have an election even if it is at the cost of the lives of our staff and voters.
Dr. Akome who -toured Nyanza and the Western Region last week as an election commission member to train officers to handle election- was supposed to be part of a team that is in Dubai to monitor the printing of ballot papers.