President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared the positions of commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) vacant.

The positions have been made open via a special gazette notice issued Thursday after the current team led by led by their chairman, Ahmed Issack Hassan tendered their resignations.

“Following the commencement of The Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2016; His Excellency the President is in receipt of the requisite Notices of Resignation from the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the eight (8) other IEBC Commissioners. Accordingly, His Excellency the President has, pursuant to Section 7A of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act, declared the particular vacancies in the Offices of the Chairperson and Members of the IEBC” read a statement by State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu.

The Public Service Commission is now expected to give the names of the nine nominees to Selection Panel for the President’s consideration and appointment.

The outgoing Commissioners will stay in office until the new team takes over.

“The outgoing Commissioners will now serve their Notice Period while in Office; the expiry of which shall coincide with the incoming Commissioners taking the Oath of Office”

“In this regard, there shall be no lacuna or constitutional crisis engendered by their being no substantive IEBC Commissioners in Office during this transitional period” said the statement

The selection panel will be sworn into office by the new Chief Justice.

Within seven days of its appointment, the panel shall invite applications from qualified people and publish the names of all applicants and their qualifications.

Thereafter the applicants will be shortlisted for interview that will be done in public.

It shall then select two persons qualified for the position of chairman and nine as commissioners and forward these to the President, who will then nominate one person for chairman and six for members.

Meanwhile, the President has thanked the outgoing Commissioners for their pivotal contribution to the Nation as the inaugural Members of the IEBC under the new Constitution.

He said “The IEBC is a vital plank of Kenya’s Constitutional architecture and through their service in the Polls Body the outgoing Members of the IEBC have contributed to the growth of Democracy in our Country”.

The chairman and the commissioners, Lilian Mahiri-Zaja (vice-chairperson), Albert Bwire, Kule Godana, Dr Yusuf Nzibo, Abdulahi Sharawe, Thomas Letangule, Muthoni Wangai and Mohammed Alawi, will be paid a total of about Sh200 million.