President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday September 8 nominated Ann Nderitu for the position of Registrar of Political Parties.
She has been serving in an acting capacity since August 15, 2018 after Lucy Ndungu’s term expired.
Nderitu held off competition from fellow shortlisters Kennedy Mosoti, Murshid Abdalla, Nancy Dalla, Mary Kigen, Edwin Ngetich, Henry Mwenda Rithaa, Edith King’ori, Lukas Mwanza and Sheila Yieke to clinch the post.
Also nominated on Tuesday as assistant registrars are Ali Abullahi Surro; Florence Taabu, and Makore Wilson Mohochi.
The four will be vetted by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee chaired by Kangema MP Muturi Kigano.
In June, the Public Service Commission (PSC) published the names of 10 candidates shortlisted for interviews to fill the Registrar of Political Parties position.
The commission further published another 12 names of candidates shortlisted for the position of assistant Registrar of Political Parties. There will be three posts for this office.
“Following the conclusion of the shortlisting exercise, the commission publishes the names and the interview schedule for the shortlisted candidates and calls on public participation requesting for comments on any of the candidates,” PSC said in a paid advert in the dailies.
The interview for all the candidates was conducted between June 29 and July 2.
The commission also invited the public to send their views on any of the shortlisted persons by June 26.
The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) is a state office established under Article 260 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, and the Political Parties Act, 2011.
The mandate of the office, among others, is to regulate the formation, registration, and funding of political parties in accordance with the Constitution and rule of law.
The Act is the primary legal reference for the management of political parties in accordance with Articles 91 and 92 of the Constitution, which envisages well-governed political parties that respect internal democracy and their constitutional status in the Kenyan political system.