NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Wednesday announced that it had shortlisted nine candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer.
Through a notice on its website, the commission said the nine had been selected out of a pool of 52 applicants and would be invited for interviews “in due course.”
The candidates short listed include acting CEO Betty Nyabuto, Dickson Onyango, Lawrence Chelimo, Benjamin Tarus, Erastus Ethekon, Katasi Nekoye, Robert Namulungu, Ezra Chiloba and Zephania Aura. All the candidates possess Masters Degrees.
Interested Kenyan degree holders with at least five years management experience had been invited to apply.
The IEBC advertised the post of CEO in August to replace the suspended CEO James Oswago whose term, Commission Chairman Issack Hassan said, was coming to an end.
“This has nothing to do with the corruption charges he is battling,” Hassan said at the time.
He did however admit that the option to renew Oswago’s term had been available to them.
The commission had suspended Oswago and three other senior IEBC officials in November last year over the corruption charges they are facing in relation to the procurement of Electronic Voter Identification Devices used in the last general election.
“They have been suspended as per Section 62 (1) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, which requires that a public officer, who is charged with corruption or economic crimes to be suspended, with effect from the date of the charge till proceedings against him/her are discontinued, acquitted or convicted,” the commission stated.
The commission is also looking to fill the positions of Deputy Commission Secretary in charge of Support Services, Director Finance, Director ICT and Procurement Manager following the sackings of Wilson Shollei, Edward Karisa, Dismas Ong’ondi and Willy Kamanga respectively.
Sackings which were prompted, Hassan said, by a review of the Commission’s conduct of the 2013 general election and not the corruption charges Shollei, Karisa and Kamanga are facing together with Oswago.
The application deadline for these positions was September 24.