2,200 seek interim electoral commission jobs


Published on 03/02/2009

By Isaac Ongiri

More than 2,200 applicants have sent their applications for jobs at the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC), The Standard has established.

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Review has closed further application for the positions of three chairmen and eight members each to the IIEC, the Interim Independent Boundary Review Commission (IIBRC) and the Interim Independent Constitutional Dispute Resolution Court.

“We are going to hand over all the applications we received at the deadline to the human resource firm who will then shortlist and interview the candidates,” said PSC chairman Abdikadir Mohamed.

PSC has appointed Manpower Services Ltd, a city-based human resource firm, to handle the recruitment.

Mr Abdikadir said both commissions and the court would be constituted by the end of this month.

He said parliamentary committee settled on the firm from a list of six that were short-listed after the initial plans to name the winner of the tender failed.

The chairman said the IIEC jobs had attracted a large number of applicants compared to the other two organisations.

“We have seen a huge number of Kenyans showing interest in the IIEC jobs. I know that the most qualified will finally win,” said the chairman.

Committee vice-chairman Ababu Namwamba said PSC would ensure the selection process was free from interference and urged politicians not to meddle.

“We know what happened to this country last year and this interim commission, should be a starting point on our electoral reforms,” said Namwamba.

Top among those in the race for the IIEC chair, include former High Court judges, two former Law Society of Kenya chairpersons and prominent city lawyers. Some former MPs are also said to be in the race.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet is expected to deliberate on a send-off package for the former Electoral Commission of Kenya commissioners.

Tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting would decide on options to be presented to the former employees, which include redeployment for some and retirement for others.

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