NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – The newly appointed Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Officer/Secretary, Ezra Chiloba Simiyu, was sworn into office Tuesday, as he vowed to ensure efficiency and transparency at the electoral body which is accused of inefficiencies.
Speaking during his inauguration at the Supreme Court, Simiyu pledged to ensure affairs at the commission are managed professionally to guarantee it delivers on its core mandate of conducting free and fair elections.
“As their team leader, I will foster a culture of dedication to excellence in service delivery, mutual respect, professionalism, transparency and accountability in carrying out our mandate,” he pledged.
In order to address existing concerns raised by Kenyans especially on transparency and accountability, Simiyu said he will spearhead changes at the organisation.
“This also means strengthening our internal systems of management including finance, procurement, human resources, capacity development and quality assurance over all our processes,” he explained.
He further announced his keen interest to review and implement the strategic plan within 100 days to enhance the commission’s efficiency.
Simiyu also said he will work closely with other partners to ensure participation and widen its scope of spreading information with the aim of promoting free, fair and credible elections in the country.
The new CEO also pledged to fast-track electoral law reforms to ensure efficient and effective management of future elections in Kenya.
He used the opportunity to urge parties in the Kajiado and Homabay by-elections to ensure the polls are conducted peacefully and within electoral laws.
Meanwhile, IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan said the commission will appeal against a court order directing IEBC to reinstate the Wilson Shollei as Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Support Services).
He said the commission terminated his employment but he moved to court to compel the commission to continue having him on the payroll.
Hassan explained that the order contradicted the commission’s clearance to hire another deputy CEO.
Shollei was sacked alongside other top IEBC officials over corruption allegations in procurement of election materials from the United Kingdom.