June 24, 2024
EXPLAINED: How the next IEBC Commission team will be selected

EXPLAINED: How the next IEBC Commission team will be selected

Following the end of the tenure of former IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati and former commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye on January 19, 2023, the IEBC is left with only one commissioner, Irene Masit, who is suspended and facing a tribunal.

This comes after former vice-chair Juliana Cherera and former commissioners Justus Nyang’aya and Francis Wandera resigned after President Ruto suspended them from office in 2022.

Ms. Cherera, Mr. Nyang’aya, Mr. Wandera, and Mrs. Masit were suspended on December 2, 2022, and a tribunal was formed to investigate their conduct after they contested the results of the 2022 Presidential election.

AfricasNow breaks down the steps that must be taken before a new commission can be formed.

First, the President is expected to form a selection panel comprised of two nominees from the Parliamentary Service Commission, one from the Public Service Commission, one from the Political Parties Liaison Committee, one from the Law Society of Kenya, and two from the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya.

President Ruto signed the IEBC Amendment Bill 2022 into law on January 23, necessitating the formation of a new selection panel.

Cherera asserts According to the new law, a person is qualified to be a member of the selection panel if he or she is a Kenyan citizen, meets the leadership and integrity requirements enshrined in Chapter Six of the constitution, and holds a degree from a recognized university.

The panel will select its chairperson and vice chairperson at its first meeting, after which they will be tasked with inviting applications from Kenyans who meet the requirements to be members of the IEBC.

The panel will then review the applications, shortlist candidates, and conduct public interviews.

After the process is completed, the panel recommends to the President two names for the chairperson and nine names for the commissioner slots.

The head of state is then expected to send the names of the Chairperson and six commissioners to Parliament for approval within seven days.

If Parliament gives its approval, the President appoints the seven-member commission via an official Gazette notice.

EXPLAINED: How the next IEBC Commission team will be selected

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