, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 5 – The ruling Jubilee Coalition on Wednesday nominated lawyers Evans Monari and Mary Kigen to selection panel that will recruit new Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioners (IEBC).
This gives way for President Uhuru Kenyatta to constitute a nine-member selection team comprising of five nominees from the clergy and four from the Parliamentary Service Commission.
The nine-member committee comprises five nominees from a religious organisation and four from the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) will set the ball rolling to pick new commissioners ahead of next year’s elections.
The Public Service Commission will provide a secretariat to guide with the technical aspects of reconstituting the new electoral body.
Religious organisations have nominated National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) Secretary – General Canon Peter Karanja, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) chairman Abdulghafur El-Busaidy and Bernadette Musundi to represent Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).
Others are Bishop David Oginde representing the Evangelical Churches of Kenya (EAK) and Ravindra Bhurma for the Hindu Council of Kenya (HCK).
The opposition is yet to release the name of their nominees to the selection panel.
The news came hours after the current IEBC commissioners led by chairman Isaack Hassan formally tendered their notice of resignation to President Kenyatta.
IEBC Communications Officer Andrew Limo clarified that despite giving notice the Commissioners will stay in office until a new team is put in place to avoid a constitutional crisis.
The Commissioners vacated office after they agreed with the government on their dignified send-off packages.
The IEBC Selection Panel will have seven days to advertise the positions of the chairman and six commissioners.
It will shortlist and conduct interviews in public.
The panel will then recommend to the President two names for the position of chairman and nine others for the commissioners.
On receipt of the names, the President will have seven days to select his preferred chairperson and six commissioners.
The two Houses will have seven days to vet the nominees and approve the names before they are sworn into office.
It will then go back to the President for formal appointment.