Five shortlisted candidates have been announced to be interviewed to succeed Ahmed Issack Hassan as IEBC chairperson.
The five shortlisted candidates include former Mombasa Mayor, Taib Ali Taib and former Law Society of Kenya representative to the Judicial Service Commission, Florence Muoti Mwangangi.
Others include lawyers Tukero ole Kina of Muli & Ole Kina Advocates Co., Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati of Cootow & Associates Advocates, and Lucas Leperes Naikuni of Naikuni Ngaah & Miencha Co. Advocates.
Interviews have been scheduled for Monday, December 19. The five will face a selection panel which will settle on two candidates whose names will then be forwarded to President Kenyatta.
The President will then decide on which of the two candidates from the panel’s recommendations to present to the parliament for vetting as IEBC boss.
Along with the two recommendations, President Kenyatta will receive nine names from which he shall nominate six commissioners.
The selection panel had in November revoked five candidates selected to replace Mr. Hassan on grounds that they were unsuitable.
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Those candidates were Roseline Odhiambo Odede, Kipropo David Malakwen and Margaret Wambui Ngugi Shava. The remaining two are David Mukii Mereka and Dr John Kangu Mutakha.
They went on to re-advertised the position leading to this current shortlist just a day after the opposition gave an ultimatum that the outgoing IEBC commissioners must leave office before December 23.
CORD has constantly accused the Jubilee administration of delaying and interfering with the recruitment and appointment of the IEBC chairperson and commissioners.
They say it is a move to rig the 2017 elections, which the ruling administration vehemently denies and rubbishes, calling it unfounded.