IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba (right) speaks to NTV’s Larry Madowo on September 14, 2017 during a live television interview.IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba (right) speaks to NTV’s Larry Madowo on September 14, 2017 during a live television interview.
By DAVID KWALIMWA

A calm and composed Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief executive Ezra Chiloba on Wednesday night graced his first television interview since the bungled August 8 general elections and stated he isn’t about to resign anytime soon.

He made the revelation amid pressure from the opposition, human rights groups and a section of the public calling for his resignation.

Some of the dissenting voices insist “there will be no fresh election” if Chiloba remains at the IEBC.

In an exclusive interview on NTV, Mr Chiloba disagreed with the court ruling, insisting the just concluded presidential election was free, fair and credible.

He described the Supreme Court ruling as “shocking.”

“It (the Supreme Court) was the last thing that we ever expected,” the CEO, donning a grey suit, pink shirt and without a tie told Sidebar host Larry Madowo in his opening remarks.

‘A SHOCK’

“Given the time we had, and commitment my staff had actually made, after everything else had been declared to have happened fine, the Supreme Court shows up with this decision. For us it was kind of a shock.”

Six Judges headed by Chief Justice David Maraga declared that the presidential election was marred by several irregularities and illegalities.

Consequently, the Judges ordered for a fresh presidential election to be held within 60 days, a process that Mr Chiloba and his team has commenced planning for.

During the interview, Mr Chiloba also seemed to question why a “confidential” memo addressed to him and penned by the IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati had leaked to the public domain.

He also stated that the 9,000 plus transactions conducted in the IEBC servers using Mr Chebukati’s password were all “legitimate transactions and they did not in any way affect the credibility of the electoral process.”