The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s CEO, Marjan Hussein Marjan, has been confirmed (IEBC). During the recently finished recruitment procedure, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated he was judged to be the most suitable. He was one of five applicants who were considered for the position. Since April of this year, Marjan has been acting in the position. His ascension began when Chebukati named him as the repeat presidential election coordinator in October 2017. He will succeed Ezra Chiloba, who was fired due to allegations of excessive misbehavior.
Marjan, the 2017 deputy CEO Nancy Wanjiku, Mabonga Joel, Zephaniah Okeyo, and George Michugu were chosen from a pool of over 500 applicants by Chebukati’s committee. For the vacancy, the commission received 860 applications. On March 10, interviews for the job of deputy CEO will begin. The commission is eager to put its house in order in order to address indicting errors noted by the Supreme Court in the presidential petition of 2017.
Mule Musau, the National Coordinator of the Election Observation Group, had urged before the interviews that the IEBC should hire a CEO who understands the electoral process well. Despite the short amount of time before the election, Mule believes the commission should employ someone with extensive election expertise. “We need someone who can immediately build a positive working relationship with the commissioners and become acquainted with the full secretariat, including field officers,” Mule explained.
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