Roselyne Akombe Discloses How She Was Threatened by IEBC Commissioner

Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Roselyne Akombe has now revealed that she was threatened by one of the IEBC commissioners.

In a leaked memo addressed to Chairman Wafula Chebukati titled Planning for the fresh presidential election, Ms Akombe stated that she was threatened with violence for giving dissenting opinions.

"Intimidation continues to the board, with even one commissioner threatening to go physically against me during an 18th September plenary meeting, could one still talk of a conducive environment for free, fair and credible elections," the memo read. 

[caption caption="IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati, CEO Ezra Chiloba and Commissioner Roselyne Akombe"][/caption]

In the memo dated 9th October, Akombe accused four commissioners whom she stated are voting as a block without thinking through critical issues raised during meetings.

She cited an incident where the commissioners rejected her proposal on cross-checking of voters electronically and biometrically to eliminate the dead voters ahead of the elections. 

"It is unfortunate that knowing the possibility of high numbers of deceased voters in the register, we could still open a potential avenue for irregularities and fraud," the memo read.

Ms Akombe also indicated that the project team appointed by the IEBC Chair had its wings clipped to have most decisions addressed by the Secretariat.

In another memo dated 16th October, she noted a lack of commitment from the commissioners to protect IEBC agents in areas where they have been attacked.

The former IEBC official also reported of death threats issued against her and her family stating: "14th of August, I reported at the CID Headquarters, Kiambu Road with my phone that had a telephone number."


[caption caption="Commissioner Roselyne Akombe, Chairperson Wafula Chebukati and Vice Chairperson Consolata Maina][/caption]

This new revelation comes after she resigned on 18th October, eight days to the election, creating many uncertainties on the conduct of the repeat poll.

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