In Summary
  • Commissioner Abdi Guliye said a total of 400 staff would undergo public vetting before the end of this year with those who don’t meet expectations to be shown the door.

  • Mr Guliye said all procurement of election materials should be completed six months before the General Election so as to enhance transparency.

  • Mr Chebukati however, said the work of the taskforce was halted following the resignation of three commissioners in April this year.

Vetting afresh of its staff, institutional restructuring and relocation of its headquarters from the Nairobi CBD are some of the reforms the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is focusing on ahead of the 2022 General Election.

In a raft of proposals presented before the Senate Legal Affairs Committee on its plans after the 2017 elections, the commission’s chairman, Mr Wafula Chebukati, said institutional restructuring would eliminate duplicity of functions, overlapping of roles and a culture of “silo mentality”.

Mr Chebukati said the vetting of staff would enhance effectiveness and accountability.

“There is a need to undertake public vetting of all staff manning critical functions where stakeholders will be given an opportunity to raise concerns about our staff,” Mr Chebukati said.

PUBLIC VETTING

Commissioner Abdi Guliye said a total of 400 staff would undergo public vetting before the end of this year with those who don’t meet expectations to be shown the door.

“We have too many bosses at Anniversary Towers; some have silo mentality. They will have to undergo public vetting and for those that will not meet our expectations, we will have to discuss an exit strategy,” Prof Guliye said.

The commission is also proposing a review of its internal procurement processes to conform to the Public Procurement and Assets Disposals Act, 2015 and for enhanced transparency.

“The current cost of elections in Kenya is very high, which could be partly attributed to pilferage and wastage of public resources through procurement of various goods and services at the commission,” Mr Chebukati said.

PROCUREMENT

Mr Guliye said all procurement of election materials should be completed six months before the General Election so as to enhance transparency and avoid court battles that run up to a few days to the poll.

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