NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 1 – The selection panel of those wishing to serve on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced it has received 431 applications from potential candidates.
Panel chairman Dr Ekuru Aukot said his team would publish the names of the applicants and their qualifications in local newspapers on Friday.
In a statement, Dr Aukot said four of the applicants were eyeing the chairperson’s position while 427 have applied to be members of the commission.
“The panel received applications both in hard copy and electronic versions. We note the interest and good response from Kenyans both in the country and the Diaspora and commend them for their timely response,” Dr Aukot said.
Advertisements for the positions were placed on local newspapers from August 11 to August 25.
After advertising the names of the applicants and their qualifications, the panel said it would immediately commence short listing applicants and schedule interviews.
Applicants are not supposed to canvass for the positions in any way.
“The panel wishes to take this time to remind every one of the penalties relating to canvassing directly or indirectly,” the statement released on Thursday said.
The IEBC selection panel is seeking to recruit a chairperson who is qualified to hold the office of Judge of the Supreme Court as per Article 166 (3) of the Constitution. The applicant must be a citizen of Kenya with a degree from a recognised university.
The person must have proven experience in any of the following matters: Electoral matters, management, finance, governance, public administration, Law and one who meets the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.
Such persons must be cleared by the National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS) before participating in the interviews and must not have vied for an elective post for the parliamentary, civic or political party.
Others not qualified to hold such office, include any person who has been a member of a governing body of any political party or affiliated groups to those political parties in the last five years.