Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) CEO Ezra Chiloba has taken a three-week leave of absence and will be away when the repeat presidential election is conducted next week, 26th October 2017.
According to reports, the long embattled Chiloba is stepping away “in order to build confidence in stakeholders” and avoid being a distraction.
This follows weeks of demonstrations by National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders and supporters who have been calling on him to step aside. The opposition side has been accusing him of rigging the nullified August 8th election in favor of Jubilee, despite the Supreme Court not finding anyone culpable of rigging or manipulating the votes.
In addition, NASA has been calling for the ouster of Prof Guliye who used to head the subcommittee on research, strategy and ICT, ICT director James Muhati, voter registration and electoral operations director Immaculate Kassait, head of operations Betty Nyabuto among others.
Chiloba said he believes the commission will still deliver a credible election even without his presence because sufficient preparations had been done to address the gaps identified by the Supreme Court.