Final leg of interviews for next IEBC head takes place

Ms Odhiambo-Odede said she would rebuild the commission’s reputation through communication with everyone involved and put in place a media management systems to ensure that the reporting of election results is accurate to avoid parallel tallying.

The former Moi University lecturer said that one way to comply with the two-thirds gender rule would be to have two women representatives per county to ensure that at least 94 women hold elective posts.

The second and final leg of the interviews to find the next head of the electoral commission took place on Tuesday.

Five candidates were interviewed, startng with Ms Roseline Odhiambo-Odede. She has practised law for 26 years.

The interviewing panel received a letter of recommendation for Ms Odhiambo-Odede citing her charitable activities and philanthropy.

However, she is yet to be cleared by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission as they said investigations are on-going.

The second candidate was Mr Kiprop David Malakwen who was admitted to the bar in 1982. Mr Malakwen said he believes that religious leaders and council of elders should get a front row seat in election matters.

He argued that the two had influence and would play an important role in ensuring peaceful elections.

Mr Malakwen said that he would make sure that highly competent people take on jobs at the electoral commission to ensure few petitions after an election is reduced.

The Law Society of Kenya and Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya member said that he has faced instances where his integrity was questioned but he rose above it. However, he was yet to be cleared by EACC.

He told the panelists that even though he retired in 2013, he still had the vigour to take on the job.

Ms Margaret Wambui Ngugi Shava was next. She was a member of the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

According to Ms Shava, the key threat to security is corruption which can be eradicated by teaching children the right way.

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