Uhuru appoints members of IEBC Selection Panel

IEBC clerk registers a voter during the February 2016 registration exercise. [Photo/IEBC]

President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed nine nominees to the selection panel tasked with the responsibility of recruiting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners’.

In a statement to newsrooms, the President said that the appointment is in line with The Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2016 and the receipt of the requisite notices of resignation from the IEBC Chairperson, Ahmed Issack Hassan, and eight (8) other commissioners.

Upon the resignation of the commissioners, the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) forwarded to the Head of State the names of the consensus nominees to the IEBC Selection Panel.

“Accordingly, and in line with the First Schedule to the IEBC Act, H.E the President has appointed the nine nominees to the Selection Panel; vide a Special Issue of the Kenya Gazette,” read the statement.

Among the members nominated are four persons, being two men and two women, nominated by the Parliamentary Service Commission who include; Evans Monari, Mary Karen Kigen Sorobit, Justice (Rtd.) Tom Mbaluto, and Ogla Chepkemoi Karani.

One person nominated by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bernadette W. Musundi, one person nominated by the National Council of Churches of Kenya, Peter Karanja Mwangi (Rev.) Canon, one person nominated by the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims, the National Muslim Leaders Forum and the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, Abdulghafur H.S. El-Busaidy (Prof.), one person nominated by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, David Oginde (Dr.) Bishop and one person nominated by the Hindu Council of Kenya, Rajesh Rawal.

The Head of State has also urged the public to participate in the pivotal exercise of selecting new Commissioners by voicing their views on the candidates who will be shortlisted by the IEBC Selection Panel.

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