News highlights- February 20 2017 DP Ruto attends church, joins MPs for lunch after days out of public eye

News highlights- February 20 2017 DP Ruto attends church, joins MPs for lunch after days out of public eye

DP Ruto attends church, joins MPs for lunch after days out of public eye

Deputy President William Ruto attended a church service in Karen on Sunday before having lunch in Kawangware with a number of politicians.

Ruto who had been busy on the campaign trail on recent weeks was noticeably missing from the public arena in recent days. At the church service, he thanked Christians for praying for the country.

“We pray so that we can have peaceful elections and that in this election, it’s not the will of man that will succeed but the will of God,” Ruto said.

Ruto was driven to church by his son who was later seen fuelling his car at a nearby service station. The DP paid for the fuel.

All this time, there was no visible security detail as would be expected around the Deputy President.

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Ruto later went to a popular nyama choma eatery in Kawangware where he had lunch with MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Johnson Sakaja (Nominated) and Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti South). They were joined by Senator Joy Gwendo.

DP William Ruto attending a church service at CITAM Karen with his son Nick on Sunday (Photo:DPPS)

DP William Ruto fuelling his car at a service station (Photo: COURTESY)

Political parties to submit nomination rules to IEBC starting today

Political parties are today expected to start submitting their party nomination rules to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

The exercise will take 14 days and and will determine what procedures will be used by individual parties in undertaking nominations, in what is considered one of the most delicate acts in politics.

IEBC rules and regulation for participating in an election requires that each party adhere strictly to the nomination timelines.

Another landmark timeline related to this is the period within which aspirants are allowed to switch parties.

READ ALSO: IEBC: Judge Odunga’s ruling will have colossal damage in the August 8th elections

After receiving the party membership lists on March 19, the commission will not allow anybody to decamp which is why candidates have been busy shifting political alliances in the past weeks.

Leaders, voters decry anomalies as voter listing exercise closes

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to assure Kenyans that the individuals allegedly registered by National Youth Service (NYS) officers will not be listed as voters ahead of the August 8th General Election.

Speaking at the Calvary Covenant Centre in Komarock, Nairobi, Kidero said the NYS officers arrested with registration materials should be prosecuted and the names of those registered removed from the voters’ register.

In Taita Taveta County, residents mainly from Mwatate and Voi areas have expressed fear of being locked out of the August 8 elections, even as the extended voter registration period comes to a close on Sunday, February 19.

READ ALSO: Reprieve for Kenyans after court extends mass voter registration- again!

The residents lamented that their bid to register as voters for the first time were met with the system showing they were already listed, irregularities they say IEBC has failed to address.

Low turnout numbers were witnessed during the last day of voters’ registration countrywide.

Kenyans are standing in long queues to cast their votes at the old primary school in Kibera, Kenya, 04 March 2013. Kenyas are voting for a new president in the country. EPA/Felix Dlangamandla SOUTH AFRICA OUT

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