IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati says he was kept in the dark concerning mass resignation of his commissioners.
In a short statement, Mr Chebukati says commissioners Connie Maina, Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat did not inform him of their walk-out.
An media invite sent to newsrooms to cover the event shows the level of secrecy with which the three commissioners held their intentions to resign.
As if they were afraid that their cover will be blown, the three commissioners did not even reveal to the media their identity in the media invite. They only identified themselves as “State Officers from a constitutional office”.
“State officers from a constitutional office will this morning at 10:00 am at the Stanley Hotel, Nairobi hold a press conference to make major announcements. Kindly provide coverage,” read part of the invite.
The commissioners also indicated their intentions of wanting their ‘major’ announcement covered live on TV stations.
When they finally announced their resignation, the commissioners accuse Chebukati of failing to lead the commission in difficult times.
They say that the leadership of Wafula Chebukati has turned the commission into a venue of misrepresentation of facts and mistrust among other issues.
The statement read by Margaret Mwachanya claimed that the IEBC has been influenced by external players making it non-independent.
Embattled Chebukati has since stated that he will not resign adding that the three commissioners’ resignation cannot stop the commission from transacting business on behalf of IEBC.
Meanwhile Cotu boss Francis Atwoli has called for the resignation of Chebukati saying they he has failed in discharging his duties.
Speaking to Ghetto Radio News Atwoli says the move of the three commissioners has revealed rot in the commission.
Nkatha,Mwachanya,and Kurgat faulted their chairman Wafula Chebukati for not taking the commission in the correct path.