President Uhuru Kenyatta has made nominations to fill four vacant positions of commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
In a report conveyed to the National Assembly Thursday, the Head of State settled on Ms. Juliana Ponge Cherera, Mr. Francis Mathenge Wandere, Ms. Irene Cherop Masit, and Mr. Justus Abonyo Nyangaya as new members of the country’s electoral agency.
“HE. the president having received the report of the Selection Panel for the appointment of the Commissioners for the IEBC…is now seeking the approval of the National Assembly on the appointment,” The Speaker told the House.
“I hereby refer the message together with the Curriculum Vitae of the 4 nominees before the Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs for the Committee (JLAC) to undertake the necessary approval hearings,” House Speaker Justin Muturi said in communication delivered on his behalf by Luanda MP Christopher Omulele.
The vacancies were a result of the resignation of commissioners Paul Kurgat, Margaret Mwachanya, and Connie Maina. They exited after Roselyne Akombe also relinquished her position in the commission shortly before the repeat 2017 presidential election.
According to the Speaker, JLAC should move expeditiously to notify the four nominees and the general public of the time and place for holding the approval hearings.
Upon conclusion of the hearings, the committee is expected to table its report in the house in good time to enable the house to consider the matter within the stipulated timelines.
The President, in the letter, has urged lawmakers to consider the appointments preferably before the long recess which is in accordance with the current schedule for 20th August 2021.