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Chiloba bows to pressure, takes a three-week leave

Mike Ratemo @People

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chief executive Ezra Chiloba (pictured) on Friday bowed to pressure and took a three weeks break from office.

The Opposition has demanded that Chiloba be fired before the repeat presidential election scheduled for October 26. Chiloba said he had taken a personal decision to take leave in light of the Opposition’s demands, without giving more details.

He said all arrangements have been put in place for next week’s election, as ordered by the Supreme Court. Chiloba will start his leave on Monday. “I have been accused of working with Jubilee. With the prevailing circumstances, it is the opportune time to step aside and restore the credibility of the agency ahead of the election,” he said.

Chiloba is among six other officials whom IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati has also been pushing they step aside for allegedly bungling the August 8 presidential election which was nullified by the Supreme Court on September 1. On Wednesday, Chebukati directed all individuals accused of bungling the election to step aside.

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