IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati Named President of African Election Assembly, Insists he Will Preside over 2022 Polls

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati has been named the incoming president of the General Assembly of Association of African Election Authorities. This appointment comes even as the BBI Report proposes the current IEBC to be disbanded before 2022 for a new team to take over. However, Chebukati has insisted they will manage the 2022 elections because their term in office ends in 2023.

” “Although I haven’t had time to read the BBI report, as far as I am concerned we came in office in 2017 and our term is on until 2023 January and so there is nothing for me to worry about,” said Chebukati said.

According to the BBI Report, Commissioners of the IEBC are appointed by the President and confirmed by the National Assembly.

“A mechanism be devised that gives leaders of parliamentary political parties a role in the recruitment of Commissioners of IEBC. In nominating candidates to be Commissioners, the political party leaders should nominate individuals who are non-partisan, with a record of accomplishment and integrity, and who are not known political supporters or activists of the party,” reads part of the report.

The proposals in the BBI further say term of the commissioners be reduced from six years to a three-year contract, renewable only once if their performance is good. Otherwise, it will be terminated.

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