Kenya’s new Chief Justice, David Maraga, has presided over the swearing-in of the newly appointed members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) selection panel, paving way for the commencement of the search for a new IEBC Chair as well as the six commissioners.
Of the nine members on the selection panel, eight were present to take their oath of office here Wednesday at a ceremony held just hours Justice Maraga himself had taken office. One member of the panel, Rajesh Rawal, opted to withdraw from the panel.
With the Hindu Council expected to nominate another candidate in place of Rajesh, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said the process was already two weeks behind schedule and the panel must invite applications for the new IEBC chair and commissioner within the next seven days.
He called for a transparent recruitment process, promising the support of Treasury in the provision of necessary resources to the panel during its tenure.
After receiving the applications, the panel will shortlist and subsequently interview the applicants and shall then forward to the President for appointment one name for the Chairperson’s post and six names for appointment as members of the IEBC.
Justice Maraga urged the panel to appoint Kenyans of integrity who will be fair in the management of the electoral process. Members of the selection panel are now expected to choose their chairperson and the deputy before Friday.
All the members of the IEBC had resigned en masse on Oct 10.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.