KENYA: Church Selects Bernadette Musundi to Team to Select New Electoral Officials

NAIROBI SEPTEMBER 20, 2016(CISA)- Kenya conference of Catholic Bishops(KCCB) has selected Bernadette Musundi, to a nine-member team that will select a new electoral commission.

The Catholic Church was among religious leaders who met at Ufungamano House in Nairobi on September 19 to select the representatives.

Other leaders appointed by the religious leaders include the National Council of Churches of Kenya General Secretary Rev Canon Peter Karanja, the chairman of the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims, Prof Abdulghafur El-Busaidy.

Others are Bishop David Oginde of Christ is the Answer Ministries, representing the Evangelical Churches of Kenya and Ravindra Bhurma for the Hindu Council of Kenya.

Similarly, the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), which will select four members who are not legislators to pick bring into office new electoral commission officials.

The religious team picked the representatives following the signing into law of a Bill that will see the exit of the current Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials.

The selection panel will present 11 names to the President – two for the position of chairperson and nine for the commissioners.

The President will pick seven from the 11 — one chairperson and six full-time commissioners — with the approval of Parliament.

On receipt of the names, the President will have seven days to select his preferred chairperson and six commissioners.

The two Houses will have seven days to vet the nominees and approve the names before they are sworn into office.

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