IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba has taken leave and will not take part in running next week’s re-run election.
According to a local daily, Chiloba took a “personal decision to be away in order to build confidence in stakeholders” who had complained about commission’s officials.
Mr Chiloba has been at the centre of a storm for months with opposition politicians alleging that he is allied with the governing Jubilee Party and blaming him for bungling the August election.
The push for his resignation has been among a series of demands the opposition coalition NASA has said is necessary before a fresh election is held.
They say Mr Chiloba should be held responsible for the “illegalities and irregularities” that the Supreme Court found in the conduct of the 8 August election.
However, Mr Chiloba stayed put and refused to bow to calls to leave the commission Chiloba said that the Supreme Court did not find any of the IEBC electoral officials culpable.
In his address to the country, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said that he wanted officials who had been mentioned as having a hand in the election irregularities on August 7th to resign. Speculations were rife that he was talking about Ezra Chiloba.
Chebukati held the media briefing hours after IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe tendered her resignation and fled the country to New York, USA citing threats to her life. Akombe said that the IEBC is not ready to hold credible elections further accusing IEBC Chair Chebukati of not being apt.
The chairman said he wanted a special team to manage the election.