NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Selection Panel has invited public views on the suitability of five applicants shortlisted for the position of IEBC Chairperson.
In an advert in the daily newspapers, the panel stated that views may be submitted in writing within a period of seven days.
“The Selection Panel for the appointment of Commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission did on Wednesday publish names of shortlisted applicants for the position of Chairperson of the IEBC in the Kenya Gazette, in two newspapers of national circulation and on the website of the Parliamentary Service Commission,” it stated.
“Members of the public are invited to avail in writing, by memoranda, any information of interest with respect to the suitability of any of the shortlisted candidates to serve as the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.”
The panel also indicated that it may interview any member of the public who submits memoranda on the candidates.
“The memoranda will be received for a period of seven days from the date of publishing of the shortlist. For avoidance of doubt, the Selection Panel will close receipt of memoranda with respect to shortlisted candidates for the position on Thursday, 24th November 2016 at 5pm,” it said.
The five were picked from a list of 13 applicants.
Those shortlisted for interviews include Devolution expert Dr Mutakha Kangu, Roseline Odhiambo-Odede who was a member of the now defunct Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board (JMVB) and former Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commissioner (TJRC) Margaret Wambui Ngugi Shava.
Others are advocates David Kiprop Malakwen and David Mukii Mereka who will be interviewed on November 28 and 29 at County Hall.
According to the statement released by the Bernadette Musundi-led panel, Mereka will be first to be interviewed at 10am. He will then be followed by Odhiambo-Odede at noon and Kangu will be final candidate for the first day.
Shava will open the interview session for the second day at 10am and will be followed thereafter by Malakwen at noon.
High Court Judge Anyara Emukule and Murshid Abdalla Mohamed who were interviewed for the post in 2011 are among the high profile names who have been locked out.
Section 6 of the IEBC Act provides that the chairperson of the Commission shall be a person who is qualified to hold the office of judge of the Supreme Court under the Constitution.