By Cleophas Oluoch Otieno, Moi University
Roselyn Akombe, a senior member of the Independence and Electoral Boundary Commission(IEBC) has resigned citing the commissions is “under siege” and not ready to hold a free, fair and credible election. Her resignation comes barely few days before a repeat of elections in Kenya scheduled for 26th Octobers 2017.

In her resignation letter, Akombe says, “I have agonized over the decision to leave my committed IEBC field staff and my country. My decision to leave the IEBC will disappoint some of you, but it is not for lack of trying. I have tried the best I could do given the circumstances.”

Fear for her life and security led her to take the bold step of leaving the country. She fled to the New York when on a duty to inspect the printing of the ballot papers in Dubai.

She alleges the IEBC staffs are receiving last minute instructions on changes in technology and electronic transmission of results.

The country has witnessed a series of demonstrations in parts of the country instigating the CEO Ezra Chiloba and other commissioners who bungled the August 8th elections to step aside.

Ms Akombe in her statement further said, “the commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26th October, 2017. I do not want to party to such a mockery to electoral integrity.”

“It has become increasingly difficult to appear on television to defend positions I disagree with in the name of collective responsibility,” she added.


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