IEBC gazettes election rules, official campaigns to start in May

IEBC gazettes election rules, official campaigns to start in May

  • IEBC warns candidates against participating in any electoral offence ahead of the August poll
  • The electoral commission has told all aspirants and political party to strictly adhere to the published guidelines.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has formally published regulations for the forthcoming August 8 General Elections.

According to the regulations signed by the commission’s chairman Wafula Chebukati, official campaigns will begin on Sunday May 28 and cease on August 5, being 48 hours before the General Election.

The campaigns will run from 7am and close at 6pm. The gazettement of the official campaign period comes at a time when candidates interested in the various seats have already started campaigns

In the regulations, the electoral commission says party primaries shall be conducted on or before April 26.

The commission has told political parties and candidates to ensure they submit names of national and county of agents that will oversee the elections.

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The party and candidates agents will monitor the elections throughout the day, and oversee tallying of results.

All political parties have been told to submit names of candidates that will participate in the party primaries by April 5 in order to allow for preparation of the exercise which should be on or before April 26 to give the commission another seven days to gazette them.

After the primaries, parties will be required to resolve the disputes that may occur and submit the official list of the persons who will be nominated to contest on or before May 10.

“Political parties intending to present a candidate in the presidential election shall, 21 days after primaries, submit the names of the person intending to participate as candidates, the date and venue of the primaries.”

As for independent candidates, the commission has asked them to submit party names and symbols by May 10th to ensure they are no longer members of any political parties by May 8, which is three months before the General Election.

 

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