August 18, 2017

IEBC makes new announcement ahead of General Election

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) advertised more than 350,000 jobs in preparation for the August 8 General Election.

According to the Commission, successful candidates will take up 359958 positions for various duties related to the general election across 45,000 polling stations in the country, which were increased from 31,000 polling stations ahead of the last elections in 2013.

In a statement, the Commission announced that they were inviting qualified applicants to submit their request for temporary employment at the polls body during the election.

“In preparation for the August 2017 General Election, the Commission invites qualified applicants for temporary positions to be engaged during the 2017 General Election,” IEBC statement read in part.

The electoral body is seeking to hire 91,032 Presiding and Deputy Presiding Officers for 13 days, the commission also advertised 262,665 Polling/Counting Clerk jobs for a period of 9 days.

Other vacancies advertised include 337 logistics officers who will serve for 30 days, 290 Deputy Returning Officers who will serve for 60 days, 5054 Support Electoral Trainers who will work for 15 days and 580 constituency ICT Clerks (2 per constituency) who will serve for a period of 30 days.

The month-long voter verification process ended on Friday, with only 20-30 per cent voters turning up.

IEBC communications director Andrew Limo attributed the low turnout to most people having verified their registration details through SMS and during the previous two mass voter registration processes.

Mr Limo indicated that the verification was necessitated by fears that dead voters were still in the IEBC’s register.

“The requirement for voters to verify their details by use of finger scans or biometrics was provided for as the most stringent method of authentication. Kenyans were able to confirm the accuracy of their details in the voters’ register and make corrections,” he said.

Limo added that the verification using the new KIEMS provided a tremendous opportunity to test the technology to use on Election Day.

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