Deputy chairperson and commissioner of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Juliana Cherera has resigned.
“It is with immense woe that today I tender my resignation as commissioner and vice chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission,” reads the resignation letter addressed to the president.
Cherera’s resignation comes Her resignation comes two days after IEBC commissioner Justice Nyang’aya resigned from his position on Friday.
Cherera, who is famed for her infamous “opaque” utterances in the disputed 2022 presidential polls, is accused among three other IEBC commissioners including Nyang’aya, Irene Masit and Francis Wanderi, of attempting to subvert the will of the people with regard to the August 9 presidential elections.
The four disowned the 2022 presidential results before they were officially announced by IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati in September terming the process as “Opaque” and said they “could not take ownership of the results”.
“We are here not at Bomas of Kenya because of the opaque nature of how this process has been handled. We cannot take ownership of the results that are going to be announced,” the four said in a joint press conference in Serena hotel.
The four were, following president Ruto swearing-in as the fifth president of Kenya, suspended from office. Ruto then appointed a nine-member tribunal to probe the suspended commissioners, chaired by Court of Appeal Judge Aggrey Muchelule.
The tribunal is expected to consider four petitions filed against Juliana Cherera, Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyangaya and Irene Masit and establish whether there were serious violations of the constitution and gross misconduct they had committed.
IEBC has often been marred by fallouts among the commissioners either ahead or after elections that have often resulted in numerous resignations. In 2018 for instance, former Vice Chair of the commission Connie Nkatha Maina, together with fellow commissioners Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat, stood down from the electoral organizing body citing the inability of the Commission’s chairman Wafula Chebukati to lead IEBC effectively.
The three accused Chebukati of failing to provide leadership and stability.
“For far too long and way too many times, the commission chair has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in difficult times and gives direction when needed”, the statement read.
The IEBC is made up of seven commissioners, who are appointed by the President and approved by Parliament. The commission also has a CEO, who is appointed by the commissioners (who also acts as the commission secretary).