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Chiloba back in office after his 45-day controversial leave.

The Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Officer, Ezra Chiloba has resumed official duties after being on a 45-day leave.

Chiloba resumed work on Thursday, January 4.

Initially, the CEO had announced that he was taking a three-week break from the commission after what he termed as pressure from political players who were demanding for his resignation before the repeat election could be held.

He went on leave less than a week to last year’s October 26 presidential election after opposition leaders accused him of serving partisan political interests. The IEBC CEO was immense pressure following the shock resignation of Commissioner Roselyn Akombe and the subsequent demand by the poll body chairman, Wafula Chebukati, for officials blamed for the nullified presidential poll to step aside.

Reflecting back on the political storm that he found himself in last year, Chiloba said he was a sacrificial lamb and had been unfairly targeted especially by the opposition leaders. He maintained that in running the last election, the electoral commission on August 8 did its best and delivered a credible election.

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