Govt not interfering with IEBC chair hiring – Kiraithe

The government has allayed fears that it was interfering with the operations of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Selection Panel.

Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe on Thursday said the panel, in its wisdom, decided to re-advertise the position of the chairperson.

He said the delay will be justified by the panel selecting the right person for the job.

Mr Kiraithe said the selection of the IEBC chair and commissioners should be done within the law.

The selection panel chaired by Ms Bernadette Musundi announced last week that it has re-advertised the position after information received raised significant issues against the five.

Recruitment of a new electoral commission boss was stopped temporarily after the anti-corruption commission failed to clear the five shortlisted candidates.

The panel had shortlisted Mr David Mukii Mereka, Ms Roseline Odhiambo-Odede, Dr John Mutakha Kangu, Ms Margaret Wambui Ngugi Shava and Mr David Malakwen Kiprop.

“The information from the public and some agencies raises pertinent issues and concerns regarding some of the applicants and their suitability for appointment to the position of chairperson,” said Ms Musundi.

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Govt not interfering with IEBC chair hiring – Kiraithe