Hunt for votes begins IEBC gazettes official campaign dates

Hunt for votes begins IEBC gazettes official campaign dates

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has set the stage for a titanic battle as various political parties and candidates seek voters favour ahead of the General elections in August.

Despite the country being a campaign mood, the electoral commission announced yesterday that the official campaigns period for the August polls kicks off on Sunday 28th May 2017 and concludes on 5th August 2017.

“The Campaign period for purposes of the 8th August 2017 General elections, shall commence on Sunday 28th may, 2017 and ceases on 5th August 2017,” IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said in a special gazette notice.

The notice further indicated that all political parties up had to April 26th, 2017 as the deadline to wind up their party primaries.

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“Each political party wishing to participate in the elections must finalise its primaries on or before the 26th April 2017,” Chebukati stated.

In addition, the electoral agency stated that the political parties and independent candidates for the presidential elections are expected to done until Sunday, May 28th, 2017 and Monday 29, 2017.

“The days for the nominations of political parties and independent candidates for the presidential elections shall be Sunday, May 28th, 2017 and Monday 29, 2017,” he disclosed.

However, candidates intending to participate in the general elections as independent candidates shall cease being members of any political party by May 8th, 2017.

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Meanwhile, Political parties will have until midnight Monday to submit the lists of all their aspirants to polls team for examination and vetting.

The multi-agency process which will be conducted until April 5th will be seeking to determine whether or not those seeking public offices have complied with all the rules, among them chapter six of the constitution that touches on integrity.

Since Sunday, political parties have been vetting and submitting to IEBC the names of candidates to participate in next month’s nomination.

The Chebukati led commission has asked the more than 67 political parties to stick to the strict electoral timelines of the submissions.

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However, the electoral body has ruled out the prospects of extending the deadline for party hopping despite a pending court case by the Council of Governors challenging the legality of a law barring party hopping.

IEBC maintains it will go ahead with the vetting process even as it awaits the verdict by the High Court on the matter this Wednesday.

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