IEBC appoints Ezra Chiloba Simiyu as Chair

The IEBC on Monday announced that it has appointed Ezra Chiloba Simiyu as the Commission Secretary

Simiyu has been working for a donor – funded programme, Drivers of Accountability Programme, managed by DAI, as the deputy team leader.

“Following a thorough recruitment process the IEBC has today, 12 January 2015 appointed Mr Ezra Chiloba Simiyu as the Commission Secretary/CEO of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) having emerged as the most successful candidate in the interviews,” IEBC chairman Issack Hassan said in a statement

He is a governance specialist focusing on electoral processes and political management. He is also a former associate at Policy House, a public policy and strategy group. He holds an MA degree in Public Policy from the Central European University.

He is currently pursuing his PhD in political science at the University of Nairobi; his research focusing on electoral institutions and democratisation. Professionally, Chiloba has acquired 10 years of experience in the democratic governance field.

As a governance policy specialist, he has a bias for elections, constitutional development, human rights and public sector management.

Until December 2013, he worked as the democratic governance programme analyst with the UNDP Kenya for about five years where he oversaw a programme on electoral reforms and processes in Kenya.

Other organisations he has worked for include: Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Oxfam Novib, South Consulting Africa (Kenya National Dialogue Monitoring Project).