Chebukati’s position declared vacant

Chebukati’s position declared vacant

By Joshua Cheloti

The process of appointing a new Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has started.

This is after President William Ruto notified members of the public of the impending vacancy in the position.

In a gazette notice dated October 21, 2022, the Head of State also notified of the impending vacancy for two other IEBC commissioners – Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye.

Chebukati and the two commissioners were all appointed in January 2017 and their six-year term comes to an end in January 2023.

“…in the exercise of the powers conferred by Section 7A (2) of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act as read with Paragraph 1(1) of the First Schedule of IEBC Act, I notify of impending vacancies in the position of chairperson and two members of the IEBC on January 17, 2023,” Ruto said in part of the notice.

With their imminent retirement, the trio are expected to proceed for terminal leave anytime soon.

Already commissioner Bolu is among those being considered for the Principal Secretary (PS) position after he was shortlisted by the Public Service Commission (PSC).

The President is mandated by law to set up a selection panel that will oversee the advertisement and interviewing of candidates to take up the vacant positions.

After interviews, the panel is required to submit names of successful candidates to the President for the appointment, subject to vetting and approval by the National Assembly.

Chebukati’s imminent retirement means IEBC will be left in the hands of four commissioners that had rejected the August 9 general election presidential results.

The four, Juliana Cherera (Vice-chair) Justus Nyangaya, Francis Wanderi and Irene Masit have until September 2027 to be in office but their survival hangs in balance.

Already there is a petition before Parliament for their removal from office in relation to their conduct during the recently concluded poll.

Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed the four commissioners in September 2021.

They took over the positions from Roselyn Akombe, Margaret Mwachanya, Paul Kurgat and Connie Maina who resigned during the 2017 general election period.

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