The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission boss James Oswago has been suspended from his position. Oswago was suspended alongside his deputy Wilson Shollei, Edward Karisa (finance and procurement director) and Willy Kamanga (acting procurement manager).
Betty Nyabuto has been appointed acting CEO, Jason Akoyo the acting finance and procurement director and Bernard Nyachieo the procurement manager. The four were arrested and charged with abuse of office on Wednesday.
They were charged with failing to comply with procurement regulations in the purchase of Electronic Voter Identification devices which failed on March 4 general election.
"The commission wishes to inform the public that the four have been suspended as per the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, having been charged in court on October 30," reads a statement from the commission.
The statement says the law requires that a public officer, who is charged with corruption or economic crimes to be suspended, with effect from the date of the charge till proceedings against them are discontinued, acquitted or convicted.
"The suspended officers are presumed innocent until proven guilty. IEBC remains focused on its core mandate and serving its stakeholders with utmost dedication," the statement said.
The commission said preparations for the scheduled by-elections and all other operations are ongoing as planned and will not be affected by these changes in any way.