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If I Knew What IEBC Job Involved I Would Have Not Taken it, Commissioner Abdi Guliye Regrets

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Kenyans are left with only a month to the 2022 general elections and the IEBC has a difficult job of ensuring that they deliver a free, fair and credible elections. Every Kenyan who has been following the past elections must admit organizing and conducting elections is difficult. Apart from the IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati and the CEO Hussein Marjan, the other eight commissioners are tasked with ensuring that Kenyans get election results that they will all accept as that which is properly conducted. 

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Commissioner Abdi Guliye has regretted why he applied for the job of being an IEBC commissioner. Prof Abdi says that there is nothing as difficult as being a commissioner with the IEBC. The commissioner says that being an employee of the electoral commission has complicated his life. He says the job involve taking blames from different people and while that happens one is expected stay quiet as their names are dragged in mud. 

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Prof Abdi says that politicians are cunning and if he knew what awaited him he would have not taken the job. He says people look at the tribe a commissioner comes from then they start saying that the commissioner will favour a particular camp in the elections. He says that the security of a commissioner is always threatened and an individual can no longer do things he used to do freely. 

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“Had I know what being a commissioner with the IEBC involved, I would not have applied for that job. People look at your tribe and say that you are going to favour a particular camp. At the same time, your security is always under threat,” Prof Abdi Guliye has said.  

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