Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has disputed that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has prevented tutors from applying for jobs as poll workers for the August 9 election (IEBC).
In a fake circular purported to have been sent to school heads that forbade teachers from working as poll workers in August was disowned by the Commission in a statement dated Wednesday, June 22.
Now even as the electoral body gets ready to conduct interviews for the roles of polling clerks and presiding officers in advance of the elections, the TSC emphasized that the circular and statement did not originate from it.
The attention of the Commission is drawn to this fake news. Treat it with the contempt it deserves,” read the TSC statement.
In this fake circular, headteachers were directed to bar tutors from attending the IEBC interviews with
As per to a similar story in the 2020 circular, TSC warned teachers from engaging in politics and holding political office while still serving as educators.
In congruence with the spirit of national values and good governance under the Constitution which includes impartiality and political neutrality, it is vital for all employees of the Commission to adhere to strict observance of the law in respect by abstaining from taking part in political engagements.
The response by TSC to this article comes after tutors raised concern with the Commission over the viral circular as many of them had applied for various positions.
A number of them had stated that they earn extra income during the week-long exercise that includes training, voting and counting of votes.
Back in April even his year, IEBC invited Kenyans to apply for over 418,000 positions as they sought to recruit polling staff who will officiate August elections.
Positions that were applied for included, 290 Deputy Constituency Returning Officers, 52,481 Presiding Officers, and 302,860 polling clerks among other positions.
The presiding Officers are set to be paid Ksh2,000 per day, deputy presiding officers Ksh1,800 per day while polling clerks will get Ksh1,000 per day across the country