, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – Newly appointed Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba Simiyu will be sworn into office Tuesday morning at the Supreme Court.
The ceremony to be officiated by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga will see Simiyu officially take over office at the electoral body.
The IEBC appointed him as the Secretary and CEO to replace James Oswago following a rigorous recruitment exercise by a consulting company.
“Following a thorough recruitment process the IEBC has today, 12th January 2015 appointed Ezra Chiloba Simiyu as the Commission Secretary/CEO of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) having emerged as the most successful candidate in the interviews,” the commission’s chairman Issack Hassan had said in a statement.
Simiyu had been serving as the Deputy Team Leader, DAI (Drivers of Accountability). He has previously served as Governance Analyst/Project Manager for UNDP Kenya.
He holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from the Central European University and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Nairobi and is a senior fellow at the Policy House and a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).
Chiloba was picked from a shortlist of four candidates who included Beatrice Nyabuto (who had been IEBC’s acting chief executive), Dickson Omondi of the National Democratic Institute and Erastus Ethekon of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Oswago whose term ended, is however battling charges of irregular procurement processes in purchasing electoral materials for the 2013 General Election.