Posted July 22, 2021 5:17 pm by

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 22- A candidate seeking a job as an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioner Zippy Nzisa has proposed the use of technology through social media and other platforms to reach out to the youth and educate them on electoral matters.

While appearing before the selection panel for the recruitment of four commissioners, Nzisa said majority of the youth are not aware of their role in elections and why their votes matter in every election cycle.

“Voting is a right. I know I have said the use of social media would be a game-changer and I am also alive to the fact that not every youth has access to a phone but they do listen to radio and they understand what is happening in the country. We must consider using the medium of communications that the youth relate with so as to increase efficiency and leave no one behind,” she told the recruitment panel on Thursday.

Nzisa pointed out that her wealth of experience in corporate governance and her bachelor’s degree in political science will come in handy in strengthening the poll body if she is appointed as one of the commissioners.

“The work of IEBC has so many stakeholders; negotiation is a skill that would be important. I have communication skills, I have interpersonal skills, patience and endurance that come with the job,” Nzisa said.

She is among 36 candidates who were shortlisted to fill up four positions at IEBC which fell vacant following the resignation of Commissioners Roselyn Akombe, Paul Kurgat, Margaret Mwachanya and Connie Maina after the 2017 elections.

Simeon Muket, a former Member of the Transition Authority who has a background in Agriculture and has worked with communities in livestock development for over 25 years, was tasked to explain his knowledge on electoral matters, owing to his experience as a presiding officer in the last five general elections.

Muket said public participation and registration of voters are key factors in delivering free, fair and credible elections.

“The Commission should make sure that whatever they do, the public knows because one of the challenges we have had in our elections is that there is a lot of secrecy. The commission does things that the electorate or political parties are not aware of. So the commission should ensure that there is inclusivity and all parties are able to agree before a decision is arrived at,” Muket said.

Muket, who seemed conversant with electoral matters, was further Read More…