Hussein Marjan appointed as new IEBC Chief Executive

Marjan Hussein Marjan has been confirmed as the Executive Director of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

IEBC President Wafula Chebukati said he was found to be most suitable during the recruitment process which has been completed.

He was one of five nominees.

Marjan has held the post for some time since April 2019. His rise began after Chebukati was appointed as the coordinator of the October 2017 presidential election.

He will succeed Ezra Chiloba, who was fired for alleged misconduct.

The Chebukati Commission had shortlisted Marjan, 2017 Deputy CEO Nancy Wanjiku, Mabonga Joel, Zephaniah Okeyo and George Michugu from a shortlist of more than 500 candidates.

The Commission received 860 applications for the position.

Interviews on the position of deputy general manager will begin on March 10.

The commission intends to set up its own council to rectify the indictment errors mentioned by the Supreme Court in the 2017 presidential application.

Prior to the talks, the National Coordinator of the Election Observer Group, Mule Musau, said the IEBC needed to appoint a new Director who is well versed in overseeing election activities.

Mule said although the remaining time for the ballot boxes was limited, the commission must hire someone who has good experience in electoral matters.

“We need someone who would quickly establish a good working relationship with the commissioners and get to know the entire secretariat, including field officials,” Mule said.

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