21 January 2013

Kenya: Action-Packed Week for IEBC

IT is an action-packed week ahead for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission as parties finalise their nomination process, including dispute resolution and submission of the list of nominees.

The Commission granted the parties until today to wind up their primaries, resolve the disputes arising from the same and submit the lists of nominated candidates.

"The Commission hereby informs political parties and the public in general that all disputes arising from the party nominations must be lodged, heard and concluded through political parties disputes resolution mechanisms as provided in their respective party constitutions within a period of three days from January 19 to 21, 2013," IEBC said on Thursday last week.

The Commission will have until Wednesday January 23 to resolve the primaries disputes that will not have been resolved by the parties internal Dispute Resolution Mechanisms. IEBC will be assisted in this task by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal. Once they have exhausted internal party mechanisms, disatisfied aspirants can file their objections with either the tribunal or IEBC.

On the same day, the Commission will be receiving applications for nomination of presidential candidates. Elections regulations require the presidential aspirants to apply to IEBC at least five days to the day fixed for the Commission nomination. The Commission nomination starts on January 29 to February 1.

And on January 27, IEBC will be closing the inspection of voters' register in preparation to receive nomination documents from aspirants.

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