Chebukati Drops Chiloba From New Repeat Presidential Election Team

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati has yet again sidelined chief executive officer, Ezra Chiloba, from the upcoming October 26 repeat presidential election.

Chebukati had last month unveiled a six-member project team that he said would oversee the October poll.

He pushed aside Chiloba then and has now again also sidelined the CEO in a new seven-member election team announced on Friday.

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Chebukati unveiled the new team on Friday at Safari Park Hotel after launching a training workshop for all 290 returning officers who will take part in the repeat poll on October 26.

He told the press that the new team would not include officers accused of bungling the August 8 presidential election which was nullified by the Supreme Court. Three top commission officials were also sidelined.

The top commission officials sidelined along with Chiloba are Nancy Kariuki, Bernard Moseti and Silas Rotich who had been included in the previous repeat presidential election team selected by chairman Chebukati.

Kariuki, Moseti and Rotich will now serve as election coordinators in three counties.

Chiloba will, meanwhile, continue to serve as the chief accounting officer. He will exercise a facilitation role of ensuring the project team has access to resources and finances to ensure a smooth electoral process.

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The new seven-member project team, includes Chiloba’s deputy, Marjan Hussein Marjan, who will serve as the project team leader.

David Towett will head operations with Salome Oyugi as the head of legal and compliance. Sydney Namulungu will be in charge of the tallying centres while Tabitha Mutemi will spearhead the commission’s communication and outreach center.

The election technology team will be headed by Albert Gogo while Agatha Wahome will handle finance and procurement.

The IEBC Chairman said these changes were part of his promise to carry out reforms to the commission to ensure a smooth running of the upcoming election.