14 dates and timelines you need to know pertaining the August 8 election

14 dates and timelines you need to know pertaining the August 8 election

In the run up to the August 8 elections, X news has compiled key timelines that you need to know.

We are exactly 89 days to the poll that has been billed to be Kenya’s most expensive and most competitive since advent of multiparty democracy.

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As the countdown to the poll continues, here are the key dates and timelines as compiled by our editorial team:

  • May 11: IEBC will open up its voter register for verification. At least 19.6 million people have been registered. During the voters verification exercise, voters will be required to present themselves in person at their polling station and will be identified biometrically using the same equipment that will be used during the elections.
  • May 23: IEBC pre-nominations meeting with all aspirants.
  • May 28: The start of the official campaigns for Kenya’s high-stakes elections.

Read also: IEBC gazettes election rules, official campaigns to start in May

  • May 28-29: IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, in his role as the presidential elections returning officer, will receive nomination papers from the 18 candidates running for the presidency. During the same two days, aspirants running for the Senate seats will present their papers to the 47 county returning officers.
  • May 28-31: Candidates looking to fill the positions of Kenya’s 1,450 county ward representatives will present their nomination papers to IEBC. The MCA seat, with an attractive remuneration, has attracted the biggest interest ever seen in Kenya’s election history.
  • May 30-31: Candidates aspiring for the county women representatives’ seats will present their nomination papers.
  • June 1-2: Nominations for governor, the new all-important seat at the helm of county politics, will be done. Nominations for MP seats in the 290 constituencies will also be done over the same two days.

Read also: News highlights-April 7 2017 Parliament approves rules allowing IEBC to monitor technology use in August election

  • May 30- June 9: IEBC will be settling disputes emanating from nominations.
  • June 10-17: After settling of all disputes and aspirants confirming their details have been captured well, IEBC will, within seven days, from June 10, publish in the Kenya Gazette the list of all nominated candidates for all the seats.
  • July 10: First presidential debate at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Karen, Nairobi.
  • July 17: First debate for presidential running mates at CUEA.
  • July 24: Last televised live presidential debate.
  • August 7: Dissolution of Parliament.
  • August 8: The D-Day (general election).

 

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