Interviews for 10 candidates shortlisted to fill the Registrar of Political Parties position are underway.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) advertised the positions last month. The 10 candidates (five females and five males) are battling it out for the main position.
PSC Stephen Kerogo said 88 applicants had applied for the Registrar of Political Parties position and 686 for the Assistant Registrar of Political Parties.
A total of 37 have been shortlisted for the three available positions of Assistant Registrar of Political Parties. 13 of the candidates are female, while 24 are male. They will face the interviewing select panel Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The three assistant registrars will deputise the RPP in the areas of registration, regulatory, monitoring and investigating and supervising political parties to ensure compliance with the law.
Acting Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu is among those who have been shortlisted for the top seat at the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties.
Others are Kennedy Mosoti, Murshid Mohammed, Mary Kigen, Edwin Ngetich, Henry Rithaa, Edith King’ori, Lukas Mwanza and Sheila Yieke.
The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties is established through the Political Parties Act which was promulgated in 2011 in line with the requirement of the 2010 Constitution.
The mandate of the office, among others, is to regulate the formation, registration, and funding of political parties in accordance with the Constitution and rule of law.
The office has been held by both Lucy Ndung’u and Anne Nderitu in an acting capacity. Ms Ndung’u holds the record as the person who acted in a position for the longest time. She was the first holder of the office, from 2011 until 2018 when she was appointed to the board of the Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ).
Ms Nderitu was picked to act in August 2018. Until her appointment, Ms Ann Nderitu was the manager in charge of electoral training at the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
“At the end of this exercise, the Select Committee shall forward to itis Excellency the President names of three (3) nominees for appointment to the Office of Registrar of Political Parties and the names of nine (9) nominees for appointment to the office of Assistant Registrar as provided for in the law,” said Kerogo.
Kerogo assured the public of a free and fair process in the wake of COVID-19 challenge which has forced the commission to restrict press coverage.
“I am aware that the positions we seek to fill are of great interest to many Kenyans. Therefore, 1 assure all of us that due process has been followed and will continue to the end of the exercise”.
“As you are all aware of the Covid-19 pandemic concerns, the select committee shall endeavor to keenly adhere to the laid down safety precautions by the Ministry of Health, which you will agree with me, is a delicate balancing act with the requirement of the law. The select committee will nonetheless keep you informed and updated on the entire process within the confines of the required health safety precautions,” he explained.
Those who will be appointed will serve for a non-renewable term of six years.