29 December 2012

Kenya: IEBC Issues Notice of March 4 Elections

The IEBC has issued a notice of the March 4 general election incorporating the changes MPs made to the Elections Act on Thursday.According to the notice published yesterday, political parties will now be required to submit their membership lists on January 29, the same day the Commission will be clearing candidates for the polls.

MPs made changes to the Elections Act giving themselves 15 more days to defect from political parties that sponsored them.However, President Kibaki is yet to assent to the changes.

Prior to the amendments, parties were required to submit membership lists on January 4 or two months to the polls.According to the notice, the IEBC will receive nomination papers from presidential candidates and their running mates between January 29 and 30, at the KICC.

The IEBC set January18 as the deadline for political parties to finalise their nominations.Candidates must meet the provisions of the Leadership and Integrity Act 2012 as well as the provisions of the Election Regulations.

Presidential candidates and their running mates are required to be holders of at least a degree from a university recognised in Kenya, obtain clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the Higher Education Loans Board and the Kenya Revenue Authority amongst others.

"Every political party and every person who participates in the election shall subscribe to and observe the Electoral Code of Conduct set out in the Second Schedule to the Election Act," the notice states.

IEBC chair Isaack Hassan said the Election Act will be enforced to the letter, including barring aspirants who are guilty of an election offence.Parliamentary, senate and women representative aspirants will be nominated by IEBC from January 31 and February 1.

The aspirants are required to deliver their nomination papers to the returning officers in the respective constituencies during working hours .In the notice, political parties are required to submit the list of their nominees at IEBC offices in Anniversary Towers on January 31.

Those seeking the governor and deputy governor positions will also submit their nomination papers between January 31 and February 1 to the county returning officers at the IEBC county offices.Clearance of the civic assembly ward representatives will however take place from January 29 to February 1 at the constituency election Offices.

The County Assembly representatives have been granted an additional day because of the expectation of the higher number of aspirants for the 1450 positions countrywide.

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