The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission selection panel expects to finalize its mandate in approximately six weeks, according to Dr. Elizabeth Muli who was elected to chair the panel in its first meeting.
The 7-member panel that was sworn in earlier Wednesday has set ambitious timelines in an effort to fill the positions left vacant at the IEBC.
“We expect to forward the names of successful candidates on or about the 9th of July 2021, we know that we have set ambitious timelines but it’s doable,” Muli said.
James Awori was elected to deputise Muli during the afternoon meeting at Parliamentary Service Commission’s (PSC) boardroom.
The seven-member panel also has Gideon Solonka, Elizabeth Meyo, Dorothy Kimengech, Rev. Joseph Ngumbi and Dr. Faradim Abdalla.
Kimengech was however not sworn-in following Justice Antony Mrima orders suspending her appointment to the panel.
Muli, who read the joint statement, announced that the panel will advertise for applications for the positions of Members of the Commission in the Kenya gazette and two newspapers of national circulation on Saturday, May 1.
The advert will also be posted on the website of the Parliamentary Service Commission.
“The Selection panel will receive applications for a total of fourteen (14) days from the date of advertisement,” Muli said.
All the applicants and their qualifications will then be made public.
“The Panel will then begin the shortlisting exercise and will publish the list of the shortlisted candidates on or about 24th May, 2021.
This advertisement shall invite the views of the public on the suitability of short-listed candidates’ for a period of seven days,” she said.
She said interviews for the shortlisted candidates will be conducted for five days from May 31 and 4th June, a timeline the Panel noted could slightly vary given the number of candidates.
The Panel hopes to settle on the successful candidates and forward the names to President Uhuru Kenyatta on or about 9th June, 2021.