October 01, 2020

IEBC appoints officials to oversee November elections

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has appointed officials to preside over three November 7 mini-elections.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati appointed Akumu Imbo Hilda as the Kitutu-Chache Returning Officer and Sylvia Kemunto Ondimu as her deputy.

Ibrahim Abdi Farah was named as Masalani Ward Returning Officer and will be deputised by Hussein Hirab Shurie.

Chebukati also appointed Otieno Mayo Samson as the Bogichora Constituency Returning Officer with Isaiah Misonge as his deputy.

The Chairman of the Commission gazetted the returning officers and their deputies.

The polls in the two counties were postponed following the deaths of the candidates.

Leonard Gwaro (Kitutu Chache South), Onsomu Okebiro (Bogichora) and Ibrahim Abdullahi Muktar (Masalani).

The Chairman had earlier in the week appointed a team to oversee the repeat presidential election slated for October 17.

In a surprise move, Chebukati picked a project team in which he sidestepped all those that NASA leaders had demanded be removed from election management.

The new IEBC team:

Project Coordinator: Mr Marjan Hussein Marjan

Head of Operations: Dr Sidney Namulungu

Head of Logistics: Ms Nancy Kariuki

Head of Training: Mr Bernard Misati Moseti

Head of Legal: Ms Salome Oyugi

Head of ICT: Mr Albert Gogo under the direct supervision of the National Returning Officer.

Chebukati noted that the appointment would last for a period of 3 months.

The drastic move came after meetings in which reportedly divided commissioners failed to reach a consensus on reorganising the IEBC secretariat headed by IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba following the Supreme Court verdict.

“The appointment takes immediate effect and will last for a period of three months. As the National Returning Officer, I wish to assure all Kenyans of my commitment to ensure that this fresh presidential election is done in accordance with the Constitution, the relevant laws, and that it reflects the sovereign will of the Kenyan people,” Chebukati said in a statement.

The changes are believed to have been made to raise the credibility of the fresh election.

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