IEBC struggling to hire poll staff in terror-stricken Lamu

The electoral commission has been unable to recruit election staff in Lamu county areas prone to terror attacks.

IEBC officials in the county reported facing challenges especially in Basuba and Kiunga wards in Lamu East and Hindi’s Bargoni area in Lamu West.

With just 18 days to the election, the officials said they still have 50 positions to fill. They said they need to hire clerks, presiding officers and deputy presiding officers.

Japheth Omar, who is Lamu East returning officer, said many of those who earlier applied for jobs haven’t turned up for interviews.

Omar said Basuba is most affected since nobody is willing to work there yet a team of 30 is required.

Speaking in Lamu on Thursday, he said they may end up hiring form four leavers.

“When we advertised the position earlier on, the response was overwhelming but I believe no one has turned up for interviews due to the wave of insecurity,” he said.

He added his office is facing challenges reaching out to communities in volatile areas to create awareness on the election process.

Lamu West returning officer Abdalla Mwaruwa said: “We have recruited staff in areas other than Bargoni. We have a shortage of about 10. We have less than three or four days to fill positions and are really trying. No one wants to work there.”

Lamu, whose Governor is Issa Timamy, has a total of 69,776 registered voters and 167 polling stations.

Parts of the county have been easy targets for al Shabaab militants who then retreat into Boni Forest.

Leaders have torn into Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa saying he has failed in the security sector and is playing politics with the people’s lives.

They want him investigated for linking politicians to the attacks whose latest victims were Public Works PS Marian El Maawy, who was injured, and her nephew Arif Kassim who was killed.

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