November 21st 2017

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IEBC at a crossroads as Issack Hassan bows out, but new team carries baggage

The report indicated that the candidates went through with baggage, though it was agreed that the issues would be dealt with at another stage after they got overwhelming support from the panellists. Kenyans can only hope that they live up to the huge task ahead.

By Phillip MuleeWednesday, 18 Jan 2017 18:47 EAT

President Kenyatta meeting the outgoing IEBC officials at State House today. (Photo: Courtesy/The President's Facebook page).

President Uhuru Kenyatta today appointed the new chairman and six new commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), paving the way for their being sworn into office and joining the ongoing month-long voter registration exercise that IEBC secretariat has rolled out countrywide from Monday January 16.

According to a statement dispatched by State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu, the president appointed Mr Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati as Chairman and Ms Consolata Nkatha Bucha Maina, Mr Boya Molu, Dr Roselyn K. Akombe, Ambassador Dr Paul Kurgat, Ms Margaret Wanjala Mwachanya and Professor Abdi Guliye as members of the IEBC after they were vetted and approved by Parliament.

“The President’s appointments bring to a close the process of the reconstitution of the IEBC. The reconstitution was a bi-partisan process that breathes new life into the electoral body while at the same time restoring confidence in its capacity and competence to deliver on its Constitutional and Statutory mandates”, the statement said.

The president congratulated the new IEBC officials and expressed confidence that they will deliver their mandate to the expectation of Kenyans. He urged all Kenyans to accord the new IEBC the support they require to perform their duties. Earlier today at State House Nairobi, President Kenyatta met the outgoing IEBC commissioners led by chairman Issack Hassan and thanked them for their service to the nation.

The new team, though appointed through a bipartisan process, assumes office with substantial baggage as some of its members have been accused of improprities. According to a recent report in the Nation newspaper, the process that led to their selection was compromised as the Selection Panel hurried to convey the list and move the process forward, in the hope that other agencies (in particular, Parliament) will have the time to vet the nominees thoroughly.

The report indicated that the candidates went through with baggage, though it was agreed that the issues would be dealt with at another stage after they got overwhelming support from the panellists. Kenyans can only hope that they live up to the huge task ahead.

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