Betty Nyabuto IEBC’s drastic new changes in its top management

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The electoral body is set to make sweeping changes in its top hierarchy.

IEBC chair Wafila Chebukati with commissioners Consolata Nkatha, Abdi Guliye and CEO Ezra Chiloba during the media briefing at Bomas of Kenya, July 8, 2017. play IEBC chair Wafila Chebukati with commissioners Consolata Nkatha, Abdi Guliye and CEO Ezra Chiloba during the media briefing at Bomas of Kenya, July 8, 2017. (Jack Owuor)

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is set to make new changes in its top hierarchy.

Among the changes include the scrapping of the powerful position of deputy chief electoral officer in charge of operations.

The position was currently held by Betty Nyabuto who has left the commission after the completion of her five-year contract.

play IEBC Deputy Commission Secretary Operations Beatrice Sungura-Nyabuto, registrar of political partys Lucy Ndung'u and Director of pubic prosecuting Keriako Tobiko at parliament after he appeared before the Justice and legal affairs committee in May 2015. (Hezron Njoroge)

 

Under the commission’s proposed new structure, the crucial job of operations will now fall under the office of the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer in charge of Support Services which is currently held Marjan Hussein.

Hussein was appointed by chairman Wafula Chebukati to head the team which oversaw oversee the October 26 repeat presidential poll.

According to The Star, the electoral body also seeks to reduce its regional election coordinators and managers to 10 from the current 17.

play IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati (centre) and other electoral agency commissioners including former commissioner Roselyn Akombe address journalists outside Anniversary Towers in Nairobi as IEBC on August 1,2017. (Nation Media Group)

 

The internal changes are meant to reduce costs and improve efficiency in the commission.

Nyabuto was in the list of electoral officials which NASA wanted out before the repeat presidential election polls of October 26.

Others in the list included CEO Ezra Chiloba, voter registration and electoral operations director Immaculate Kasait, former head of legal department Praxedes Tororey, ICT director James Muhati and Commissioner Yakub Guliye.

Tororey retired in September after attaining the age of 60.

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