IEBC Appoints New CEO Ahead of 2022 Polls.
The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chair Wafula Chebukati has confirmed Marjan Husein Marjan as the new commission’s secretary and chief executive officer today in a press brief with the media in Nairobi. Hussein Marjan takes over from Ezra Chiloba, who was fired over alleged gross misconduct.
Speaking to the press at a Nairobi hotel on Wednesday march 9, IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati confirmed the appointment of Marjan Husein Marjan as the new CEO of the independent electoral and boundaries commission.
Marjan has emerged as the top preferred and suitable candidate for the position among 4 others who had been shortlisted for the position who included;
- Nancy Kariuki who was the IEBC election manager, Mombasa county
- Election and governance expert Zephaniah Aura
- George Michungu
- KICD cooperate service director Joel Mambonga
The commission is yet to confirm the position for deputy CEO of the commission that got 10 shortlisted candidates and is expected to get a successful candidate before the end of this week.
In the same breath, the commission has said its preparations are at top gear as the verification process of voters register is at the duplication stage before the verification exercise begins countrywide at slated dates.
Marjan was serving in the acting capacity as CEO after the unceremonious exit of the former CEO Ezra Chiloba four years ago. before then, he was the commission’s deputy secretary, support services since 2015.
Ezra Chiloba was dismissed from the commission over gross misconduct allegations. However, four years later he was appointed as the Director-General of the Communications Authority of Kenya.
Barely two months at the helm of the authority, he ordered a nationwide crackdown on radio and television stations that did not have licenses of operation. This saw several media houses lose their frequencies with others complying with the regulations.
This further led to the commission minting over Ksh 100 Million from the payment and renewal of licenses.
Chiloba was appointed as Director-General of CA on 27 September 2021 for a renewable period of five years.