Electoral Commissioner resigns a week to repeat polls

IEBC commissioner Dr  Roselyn Akombe has offered to resign from the Electoral body.

Akombe submitted her resignation statement from New York in America where she has been living as she was working for the United Nations before joining the Kenyan poll agency to oversee August Eighth general election which was at last overturned by the Supreme Court.

She said the repeat election as organized cannot meet the basic expectations of a free fair and credible election.

In an interview with the BBC on Wednesday, Dr Akombe said she feared for her life hence diverting her route from Dubai to New York in America where she proffered her resignation early in the Morning.

“The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on October 26. I dont want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity,” she said.

In an interview with the BBC Wednesday morning , Dr Akombe said she went to New York fearing for her life. She said IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati is under siege.

In her statement, she said it is unlawfully for any party to disrupt and attack electoral body staffs adding that they should be dealt with in accordance to the law.

“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,” she said.

She was supposed to be part of a team that is in Dubai to monitor the printing of ballot papers.

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