IEBC: Candidate Abdalla Mohamed withdraws as interviews kick off

Dr. Abdirizak Arale Nunow

One of the candidates shortlisted for the position of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner has withdrawn from the race over a forged degree certificate.

Making the announcement Wednesday morning as interviews began, the Selection Panel for Appointment of Commissioners Chairperson Dr. Elizabeth Muli said the panel wrote to universities and other agencies to seek authenticity of candidates’ documents.

She said Kenya Methodist University responded saying former National Police Service Commissioner (NPSC) Abdalla Mohamed had not obtained a degree from the institution as had been alleged.

Mohamed had been scheduled to appear at 9:30am, but did not show up.

Muli said that they informed Abdalla of the reply from the varsity on July 6 via mail, and he thanked the panel for its correspondence and said he will not appear for the interview.

The Selection Panel for Appointment of Commissioners of the IEBC isearlier before the commencement of the oral Interviews for the position of Member of the IEBC.

The panel adjourned until 11:30am to interview Dr. Abdirizak Arale Nunow ,who had been scheduled to be the second candidate.

Anne Mwikali Kiusya
The second candidate to be interviewed, Ms. Anne Mwikali Kiusya is currently appearing before the Selection Panel for the Appointment of Commissioners of the IEBC.

There are 36 candidates  who have been shortlisted for the three vacant positions in the commission.


Last week, the candidates took the Psychometric test.

The interviews are being conducted in public in line with Paragraph 3 of the First Schedule to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act, 2011, while taking into account the COVID-19 protocols.

Psychometric Assessment is a standardized, validated test that enables the measurement of aspects of an individual such as their ability, behavioral traits, interests, and certain attitudes.

Psychometrics have been used the world over as best practice in adding to the robustness of a selection process.


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