Thirty-six people will compete for four commissioner positions at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
The Selection Panel for the appointment of the commissioners has shortlisted and published the names of the 36 individuals chosen from a pool of 660 applicants.
“While reviewing the applications, the selection panel noted that there were many qualified Kenyans who expressed interest in the position of IEBC commissioner,” the panel’s chairperson, Elizabeth Muli, said in a statement on Saturday.
“The youngest applicant was 23 years old, and the oldest was 73 years old,” Muli added. Muli said the shortlisted candidates will move on to the next stage – interviews – which will take place between July 7 and July 22.
“A psychometric test will be administered at the KICC on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at 11 a.m. Oral interviews with a case study will be held at the KICC between July 7 and 22, according to Muli.
Members of the public were invited to submit written memoranda or any other relevant information regarding the suitability of the shortlisted applicants.
The memoranda must be received by June 25, 2021 in order for the panel to review them.
“Any member of the public who files a memorandum on any of the applicants may be interviewed by the selection panel,” Muli stated.
Human rights advocates, former members of constitutional committees, and university presidents are among those being interviewed for the four empty seats at the election body.
Following the 2017 general elections, Roselyn Akombe, Paul Kurgat, Margaret Mwanchanya, and Connie Maina resigned, leaving the slots empty.
They former national police service commission member Abdalla Mohamed (Nairobi), former judges and magistrates vetting board vice chairperson Roseline Doreen Adhiambo Odhiambo Odede (Siaya) and former KNCHR chairperson Kagwigira Mbogori (Meru).
On the shortlist are former KNCHR chairperson Florence Shimbiri-Jaoko (Nairobi), Koki Muli, and former NCIC commissioner Joseph Gitile Naituli (Meru).
Abdirizak Arae Nunow (Garissa), Anne Mwikali Kiusya (Machakos), Caroline Njeri Ng’ang’a (Muranga), Catherine Muchiru Kamindo (Nyeri), Cecilia Ngoyoni (Marsabit), Con Omore Osendo (Kisumu), Dinah Jeruto Kipkebut (Nakuru), Felix Useru Nyauchi (Nakuru), and Felix (Homa Bay).
Francis Wanderi (Nyeri), Harriette Igonanga Chiggai (Kakamega), Irene Cherop Masit (Elegeyo Marakwet), Irene keino (Uasin Gishu), and Joseph Kang’ethe Ng’ang’a are among the other candidates (Kiambu).
Juliana Whonge Cherera (Mombasa), Julius Kiplagat Rotich (Nandi), Justus Abonyo Nyang’aya (Homa Bay), Justus Maithya Munyithya (Kitui), Koli Muli Grognon (Kitui), Lucy Jebet Chelimo (Baringo), and Maurice Amutabi (Baringo) have also been shortlisted for interviews (Vihiga).
Michael Napoo Ilukwol Lokuruka (Turkana), Murshid Abdalla Mohammed (Mombasa), Naisiae Poloshe Tobiko (Kajiado), Richard Okoth Oduor (Siaya), Rose Mumbua Musyoka (Makueni), and Roseline Doreen Adhiambo Odhiambo Odede are among the others (Siaya).
The list also included Saeed Khamees Saeed (Mombasa), Salim Ndemo (Kisii), Sellestine Anna Mbii-Kiuluku (Makueni), Simeon Pkiyach Pkatey Muket (West Pokot), Tomothy Tipila Ole Naeku (Narok), and Zippy Nzisa Musyimi.
Muli reassured Kenyans that his panel will carry out its duty with utmost devotion to the constitution, warning that any candidate who tries to sway the election will be disqualified.
She warned that “any attempt by a candidate to canvas or otherwise influence the selection process will instantly disqualify the applicant from the process.”