Profiles of 9 top IEBC officials running Tuesday’s elections

As Kenyans flock to various polling stations to cast their ballots on Tuesday, August 9, senior officials from the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) will assume oversight and administrative responsibilities.

Aside from the role played by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, the other eight play critical roles in the election’s success.

They include Michael Ouma, the new ICT director, who took on the role of assassinated businessman Chris Musando, and Marjan Hussein, who replaced Ezra Chiloba.

Others are Juliana Cherera, Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyang’awa, Irene Masit, Abdi Yakub Guliye and Boya Mulu.

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File photo of IEBC ICT Director Michael Ouma

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He is the ICT director appointed to replace Chris Msando, who was assassinated ahead of the 2017 general election.

Ouma has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and an additional 10 years of experience managing and implementing election technology projects.

He is a member of the Kenya Institute of Management and the Computer Society of Kenya.

He completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Nairobi.

His role will be pivotal in ensuring online transmission of the President’s findings.

Marjan Hussein

Marjan Hussein Marjan was appointed IEBC CEO following the bitter departure of Ezra Chiloba in October 2018.

The new CEO has an MBA in Strategic Management from UoN. He is also an auditor and publicly appointed auditor.

Marjan’s role in the elections includes managing the secretariat. The Secretariat is composed of the following individuals: the CEO, who is the Secretary of the Secretariat, two Commission Assistant Secretaries, nine Directors, 24 Managers, 47 District Returning Officers and 290 Constituency Coordinators.

The Secretariat manages the day-to-day activities of the Commission

Juliana Cherera

IEBC Vice Chair Juliana Cherera during an IEBC briefing in the Bomas of Kenya on Monday 1st August 2022..jpg

IEBC Vice Chair Juliana Cherera during an IEBC briefing in the Bomas of Kenya on Monday 1st August 2022.

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Cherera is Vice Chair of the IEBC. She has over 18 years of experience in education and management in the public sector.

Prior to getting the IEBC job, Cherera worked as Chief Officer Executive in the Mombasa County Government’s Strategic Delivery Unit.

She was a member of the Coordinating Committee for Mombasa County Emergency Relief and Nutritional Support Project. She was also the Mombasa County Secretary for Economic Recovery and Legacy Strategy.

The holder of a Master’s degree in Education, Leadership and Educational Management from Kenya Methodist University is the Chair of the Voter Education, Partnerships and Stakeholders Engagement Committee.

Franz Wanderi

Wanderi is an IEBC representative. He has over 32 years of senior management experience in public and private institutions, characterized by integrity and high performance.

He is the former Chairman of EPZ and a Director of Roots Credit Limited.

At IEBC he chairs the Finance and Supply Chain Management Committee.

He holds a Master of Science in Management (MSc. Mgmt.); from Arthur D. Little Management Institute in Boston, USA and a Bachelor of Education from UoN.

Justus Nyang’awa

Nyang’aya has over 32 years of experience in strategic leadership, governance and organizational social responsibility.

Before joining the Elections Authority, Nyang’awa was director of Lead Africa, an organization dedicated to upskilling African managers.

Nyang’awa is also the former Country Director of Amnesty International Kenya. Amnesty Kenya’s work focuses on preventing evictions, protecting housing rights and women’s rights.

The holder of a Master of Arts (MA) Education from the Institute of Education, University of London (IOE) is Chair of the Information and Communications Technology Committee.

Irene Massit

Masit chairs the Election Authority’s Legal Compliance and Political Party Liaison Committee and the Leadership and Integrity Committee.

She has more than 25 years of professional experience and knowledge in governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Masit is the immediate past board member of the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF).

The holder of a Masters in Strategic Human Resources Management from the University of Manchester has knowledge and experience of finance, governance, management and public administration.

Abdi Guliye

Guliye chairs the Election Operations, Research and Boundary Committee.

He has over 27 years of higher education teaching experience, the last seven years of which he has held additional administrative and managerial roles.

Guliye has served on various boards of organizations and chaired committees such as Audit Risk Management and Finance.

He received his PhD in Animal Nutrition from the Rowett Research Institute/University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Boya Mulu

Boya Mulu is one of the IEBC commissioners. He chairs the Human Resources, Administration and Training Committee.

He has over 15 years of human resource management and administration experience, primarily in the public sector.

Before joining IEBC, Boya worked in various capacities at the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and the Judiciary.

Boya holds a Masters in Business Administration (HR Management Option) from Periyar University, India.

Wafula Chebukati

He is the chairman of the electoral board. He is tasked with announcing the final results of the presidential elections.

Chebukati has over 36 years of legal practice experience.

In addition to his role at the IEBC, Chebukati is President of the General Assembly of the Association of African Election Authorities.

The nine will play a key role in ensuring a smooth transition from the current regime to the next.

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati will receive the first batch of printed ballots on July 7, 2022.

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati will receive the first batch of printed ballots on July 7, 2022.

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