Ezra Chiloba excluded from IEBC October polls team

IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati with CEO Ezra Chiloba during a press conference. /MONICAH MWANGI

IEBC’s Ezra Chiloba will have no role in the October 17 repeat election.

Chairman Wafula Chebukati has appointed a seven-member team to oversee the polls.

“As the National Returning Officer, I wish to assure all Kenyans of my commitment to ensure that this fresh presidential election is done in accordance with the constitution, the relevant laws and that it reflects the sovereign will of the Kenyan people,” Chebukati said in a statement on Tuesday.

Marjan Hussein will be project coordinator, Sidney Namulungu will be heading all the operation, and Nancy Kariuki will head the Logistics department.

Bernard Moseti will be the head of Training, Albert Gogo will be the head of ICT, Silas Rotich will be head of the National Tallying Centre, while Salome Oyugi will be head of legal.

The team will be operational for three months and will answer directly to Chebukati.

Chebukati said President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga will officially start campaigns on Wednesday after IEBC gazetted their names.

“There shall be no nominations for candidates participating in the fresh elections,” read the gazette notice.

The commission noted political parties and candidates shall appoint and submit to the commission the names of the National, County and Constituency chief agents on or before October 2.

On Monday, the electoral body said the elections will be conducted on October 17; however the date has not been accepted by the Opposition.

Raila wants the electoral body disbanded on grounds that they cannot hold a free and fair election.

Uhuru noted that the body will not be disbanded. He added that the opposition only wants to prolong the election date so that they can form a shared government like in 2013.

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