NAIROBI – The chairperson of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula W. Chebukati has tendered his resignation, authorities say.

The vice-chairperson of the IEBC announced this Wednesday that Mr. Chebukati has formally tendered his resignation, citing reasons as confidential. The vice-chairperson did not elaborate further.

His decision has come in the wake of high tension in Kenya as presidential election approaches and is expected to be a close race between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and long-time opponent Raila Odinga.

While exact reasons for the resignation remain unclear, a source close to the IEBC told pressmen that Mr. Chebukati’s life must have been in danger going into the August 8 elections, hence, triggered the decision. Just a few days ago, an ICT manager with the IEBC, Chris Musando was found dead with one arm missing. He was believed to be rolling out a system for voter identification and transmission of results for next week’s elections.

Speaking on the issue, vice-chairperson of the IEBC assured pressmen the resignation will not stampede the electoral calendar and that the commission is awaiting a decision on the leadership of IEBC from the executive.

Mr. Chebukati was sworn in on January 19 of this year as IEBC chairperson to conduct and supervise referenda and elections to any elective body or office established by the Constitution of Kenya, and any other elections as prescribed by an Act of Parliament. His resignation take effect from Wednesday August 2 according to the vice-chairperson.