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Kenya’s Elections Agency Appoints Chief After Four-Year Wait

A man passes workers for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in Nairobi, during the voters registration campaign ahead of the 2022 Kenyan general election, in Nairobi, Kenya, on Feb. 4. 

A man passes workers for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in Nairobi, during the voters registration campaign ahead of the 2022 Kenyan general election, in Nairobi, Kenya, on Feb. 4. 

Photographer: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

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Kenya named Marjan Hussein Marjan as chief executive officer of its Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, barely five months before a general election.

Marjan has been acting CEO at the agency since October 2017 when Kenya held a repeat poll after the initial count was nullified by the Supreme Court over irregularities. His task will be to boost confidence in the agency and oversee a vote in August expected to pit Deputy President William Ruto against four-time presidential hopeful Raila Odinga.