Majority leader Aden Duale has strongly defended IEBC commissioner Abdi Guliye against his removal from the commission.

He said NASA leader Raila Odinga’s call for his sacking alongside several other IEBC officials amount to ethnic profiling.

Raila has named 11 IEBC officials whom he wants removed from office ahead of the October 17 fresh poll.

The Opposition leader says the officers were complicit in processing fake forms 34B across 80 constituencies during the August 8 elections.

He has named CEO Ezra Chiloba, commissioner Guliye, deputy commission secretary Betty Nyabuto and ICT director James Muhati. Others are Marijan Hussein Marijan, Praxedes Tororey, Silas Rotich and Nancy Kariuki.

Raila also wants commissioner Immaculate Kassait, Sidney Namulungu and Moses Kipkogey shown the door before he can agree to participate in the fresh elections.

However, North Eastern legislators have said they will not lay low and take threats to remove Guliye.

“Professor Guliye was vetted by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and approved by the plenary,” Duale said during a press briefing at Parliament buildings on Wednesday.

The National Assembly majority leader and Garissa Town MP challenged Raila to follow legal channels for removing a constitutional office holder.

“Raila Odinga, if you want to remove professor Guliye, you will not remove him through a rally in Kibera,” he said.

“Bring a petition to the House where the Legal Affairs committee will deal with it (then) the President will form a tribunal.”