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Qualifications for IEBC chairperson and commissioners

To maintain impartiality and independence, the Commission enforces strict qualification criteria

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  • Qualifications, responsibilities, and expectations of IEBC chairperson and commissioners are crucial for ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections
  • IEBC chairperson must be qualified to hold the office of a Supreme Court Judge under the Kenyan Constitution
  • Applicants for both the Chairperson and member positions must provide valid and current clearances from several key institutions

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) plays a vital role in maintaining the integrity of Kenya's electoral process.

The positions of the IEBC chairperson and commissioners are crucial for ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.

Understanding the requirements for these roles is essential for appreciating the stringent standards set to uphold democracy in Kenya.

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In this article, we look into the qualifications, responsibilities, and expectations of the IEBC chairperson and commissioners.

Candidates for the chairperson position must be qualified to hold the office of a Supreme Court Judge under the Kenyan Constitution.

This sets a high standard, reflecting the Chairperson's critical role in overseeing the electoral process.

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A prospective chairperson must demonstrate substantial experience in the legal field. The qualifications include:

  • At least 15 years of experience as a superior court judge.
  • Alternatively, 15 years of experience as a distinguished academic, judicial officer, legal practitioner, or equivalent experience in relevant legal fields.

For those interested in being members of the Commission, the requirements are:

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  • A degree from a recognised university.
  • Proven relevant experience in areas such as electoral matters, management, finance, governance, public administration, or law.
  • Candidates must meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution, which emphasises leadership and integrity.

To maintain impartiality and independence, the Commission enforces strict disqualification criteria. A person is ineligible for appointment if they have:

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  • Held office or stood for election as a member of Parliament, county assembly, or governing body of a political party within the preceding five years.
  • Currently, hold any State office.
  • Members of the Commission are also prohibited from holding any other public office during their tenure.

Applicants for both the Chairperson and member positions must provide valid and current clearances from several key institutions:

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  • Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
  • Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
  • Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)
  • Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)

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