BBI: Political class to nominate IEBC commissioners

The Building Bridges Initiative task force report has recommended that commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) be nominated by political parties.

Commissioners of the IEBC are appointed by the President and confirmed by the National Assembly.

“A mechanism be devised that gives leaders of parliamentary political parties a role in the recruitment of Commissioners of IEBC. In nominating candidates to be Commissioners, the political party leaders should nominate individuals who are non-partisan, with a record of accomplishment and integrity, and who are not known political supporters or activists of the party,” read part of the report.

The report further added that the term of the commissioners be reduced from six years to a three-year contract, renewable only once if their performance is good. Otherwise, it will be terminated.

“This will prevent the continuation of errors by enabling each Commission at one time in its term to make appointments,” it added.

In the current composition of the IEBC, which is made up of seven commissioners the CEO is appointed by the commissioners approved by parliament.

In the report, it suggested that the IEBC Chairman be the CEO who doubled up the commission’s secretary.

The task force also stated that there was a need to cut the cost of administering elections in the country which has steadily increased.

“Explore ways to enact provisions that reduce the disproportionately high costs of our elections. The party-list system is one.”

Lastly, the Yusuf Haji led team asked for reforms in the present electoral system to ensure it is simple, accurate, verifiable, secure, accountable and transparent as mandated by Article 86 of the Constitution.


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