Juliana Cherera is the vice chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC in Kenya. Juliana was appointed to the commission to fill a vacant position. This was after the resignation of the previous vice chairperson. On 14th September 2021, the chairman of the IEBC, Wafula Chebukati gave a statement announcing Juliana Cherera as their new vice Chairperson of the commission. She was elected unanimously in a plenary meeting. His statement was;
“The commission takes this opportunity to congratulate Commissioner Cherera on her appointment. The commission would like to assure all stakeholders, and the public in general of its commitment to delivering a free, fair, and credible 2022 General Elections that meets the democratic aspirations of the people of Kenya”.
Juliana Cherera education
Juliana trained as an Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teacher. However, she later advanced her studies at Kenyatta University. Here, she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, taking Geography and Kiswahili.
Later, she went to Kenya Methodist University (KEMU). At Kenya Methodist, she undertook a master of Education, Leadership, and Educational Management.
Juliana Cherera Career
So, Juliana worked as an Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teacher before she took up the county government job. However, she has had an experience of 18 years in the public sector of Education and Management. She also worked as the CEO of the strategic Delivery Unit in the county of Mombasa. Moreover, she was a member of the Mombasa County Emergency Household Relief and Nutritional Support Project Coordination Committee, Secretary to the Mombasa County Economic Recovery and Legacy Strategy, and also a member of the Kenya Devolution Support Program Committee.
Cherera disown election results
Juliana and three other commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) called a press conference on the 15th of August 2022 at Serena Hotel and disowned the presidential results that the chairman Wafula released the same day at Bomas of Kenya, which indicated William Ruto of UDA as the winner. The results further indicated that Ruto got 7,152,655 votes while his competitor Raila Odinga got 6,942,708 votes.
Speaking to the press, Juliana Cherera and her colleagues cited that they were not part of the results of the final phase of tallying due to the ‘opaque’ nature of the electoral process by the chairman.
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