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ECK staff deployment starts

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 16 – Former Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) employees seeking redeployment in the civil service began clearing with the commission on Monday.

Officers from the Justice and Public Service Ministries were among the officials clearing the former ECK staff, in an exercise that took place at the ECK headquarters at Anniversary Towers.

Most of the former staffers had travelled from different parts of the country to Nairobi in order to begin the process which was expected to continue until Thursday this week.

Those above the age of 53 years and do not wish to be redeployed will begin clearing on Friday through to Monday.

Out of the 563 ECK employees, 436 will be redeployed to different government offices, according to officials in the civil service.

One of the officers clearing the employees told Capital News that about 200 former workers had already been cleared in the first day.

Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on constitution review was expected to start vetting applicants for the post of Chairman of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) on Tuesday morning.

PSC Vice Chairman Ababu Namwamba told Capital News that names of the new applicants would be known during the vetting process.

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Parliament rejected lawyer Cecil Guyana Miller as chairman of IIEC, amid disagreements among members of the committee on his nomination.

Mr Miller was rejected alongside two nominees to the Committee Charles Masinde from Western Province and Yesse Buko from the Coast region.

But in a statement sent to newsrooms on Monday Miller said he has withdrawn from the race for the chairmanship of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission.

He said he had not re-applied for the position which was re-advertised by the Parliamentary Service Commission.

“I have made this decision since I do not want my name to be used as a stumbling block to Electoral Reform in this country,” he said.

Mr Miller was among seven other candidates shortlisted for the job by a human resource firm, Manpower Limited.

The rest were former Speaker Francis ole Kaparo and former Kenya National Commission on Human Rights boss Maina Kiai, former commissioner to the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, Ms Alice Yano and former executive director of the Institute of Education and Democracy, Dr Koki Muli.

The PSC may consider previously short-listed candidates like former National Assembly Speaker Francis ole Kaparo, former Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Chairman Maina Kiai, and Koki Muli, a former Executive Director of the Institute for Education in Democracy.

They were part of 2,500 others who had applied to be included in the nine member committee.  At the time, the PSC had to vet 43 people who had applied for the top position at IIEC.

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