NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 21 – Bernadette Musundi of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has been elected as the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Selection Panel, setting the stage for the recruitment of new IEBC Commissioners.
Musundi emphasised that the team will be bipartisan and transparent in its dealings with all Kenyans.
“The 11 names we are going to give to the President will be names of very credible people. People that any of them can be appointed to a position that they can serve in a dignified manner and integrity that it deserves,” said the former Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Vice President and Ministry of Home Affairs, Heritage and Sports.
The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims Chairman Abdulghafur El-Busaidy was elected as the Vice-Chairman during the panel’s first meeting held on Friday morning.
“We are appealing to Kenyans to come out apply; we know there are some those who have the qualifications and posses the qualities to serve in the commission but they are afraid because of their personal details my come out in the public to the during the vetting hearing feel intimidated,” he said.
The Selection Panel has seven days to receive applications from Kenyan citizens interested in being IEBC Chairperson and Commissioners.
The Musundi-led team is mandated to select two people for the position of IEBC Chairman and nine people qualified to be appointed as members of the Commission.
Upon receipt of the nominations, President Uhuru Kenyatta will appoint one person as the IEBC Chairperson and six others for appointment as Commissioners.
The Hindu Council of Kenya (HCK) is expected to submit its new nominee on Monday after Rajesh Rawal wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly saying he had resigned citing unavoidable circumstances.
Chief Justice David Maraga swore in the remaining members of the panel after President Kenyatta appointed them setting the stage for the recruitment exercise to replace Issack Hassan and his team.
Musundi is currently the Chairperson of the Strathmore University Council and a director in the Transparency International – Kenya Chapter Board.
Musundi who holds various other qualifications including a Master of Arts Degree has also twice served as the Executive Director of the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO).
Other panellists include Peter Karanja who is National Council of the Churches of Kenya (NCCK) Secretary-General and Bishop David Oginde who is representing the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK).
Lawyer Evans Monari and Mary Kigen represent Jubilee Coalition while CORD is represented Olga Karani and Retired Justice Tom Mbaluto.