Former Transition Authority chairman joins race for top IEBC job

December 7, 2016 8:22 am
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Wamwangi is among 35 people who have applied to head the new electoral team and their names have been published in the local dailies/FILE
Wamwangi is among 35 people who have applied to head the new electoral team and their names have been published in the local dailies/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – Former Transition Authority Chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi has joined the race for the top job at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Wamwangi is among 35 people who have applied to head the new electoral team and their names have been published in the local dailies.

“Pursuant to Articles 88, 166 (3) and 250 of the constitution of Kenya, 2010, sections 5 and 6 of the independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act 2011, and paragraph 3 of the first schedule……the Selection Panel for the for the Appointment of Commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission hereby publishes the names of all applicants who have applied for the re-advertised position of Chairperson of the IEBC and their qualifications,” the notice stated.

Others who applied for the post include Murshid Abdalla who is a member of the National Police Service Commission and Justus Munyithya who was a member of the Judges and Magistrates Board.

Lawyer Haroun Ndubi and former Mombasa Mayor Taib Ali Taib have also thrown their hats in the ring for the top electoral body job.

The successful candidate will be appointed for a single term of six years.

The IEBC Selection Panel Chair Bernadette Musundi stated that they have taken the decision to re-advertise for the post in light of queries that have arisen on the suitability of the shortlisted pool following background checks.

The panel had urged those who are qualified and failed to apply the first time round but believe they are up to the job to send in their applications.

She however indicated that there is no need for those who applied the first time round to do so again.

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