Monday, August 8, 2011

Search for 2012 election managers begins

Dr Ekuru Aukot. Photo/FILE

Dr Ekuru Aukot, Chairman of the selection panel of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Photo/FILE 

By JOHN NGIRACHU ([email protected])

The panel that will select members of the next electoral and boundaries commission begun work on Monday with a promise that its work will be carried out transparently.

Dr Ekuru Aukot, the chairman of the panel, asked Kenyans to apply for jobs on the nine-member Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Dr Aukot asked “Kenyans of goodwill and integrity” for the jobs, whose interviews will be in public, and asked the potential applicants not to be afraid of lynching as there would be nothing of the sort.

“Please apply and if you know you are a joker, please do not. Don’t waste Kenyans’ time and don’t waste our time. We want serious Kenyans who know what it means to manage elections,” he added.

Dr Aukot led Prof Marion Wanjiku Mutugi, Mr Mwanyengela Ngali, Justice Isaac Lenaola, Ms Irene Cheptoo Keino and Ms Sophie Njeri Moturi in affirming their allegiance to the Constitution at the Chief Justice’s office in Nairobi.

Ms Rozaah Akinyi Buyu was absent and Dr Aukot told journalists she was unwell and would be sworn as soon as she is discharged from hospital.

The selection panel will be housed at the Public Service Commission and is expected to advertise for the vacancies within the next seven days as per the IEBC Act.

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