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IEBC Announces Date For Six By-Elections

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced on Friday September 18 that six by-elections will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 after they were thrown into disarray in April by the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement by chairman Wafula Chebukati revealed that the by-election for the Mswambweni parliamentary seat and five other ward by-elections among them Kahawa Wendani, Kisumu North, Dabaso, Wundanyi/ Mbale and Lake View Wards would be held in December.

Save for Dabaso Ward, all the other jurisdictions will begin the election process afresh.

Statement by the IEBC regarding the resumption of six by-elections in December. Source: Twitter

The IEBC also cautioned all the aspiring candidates to adhere to all the laid out protocols by the Ministry of Health to avert the spread of the coronavirus during campaigns and the polls.

Further, the commission has announced the commencement of campaigns in Msambweni Constituency, Kahawa Wendani, Kisumu North, Dabaso, Wundanyi/ Mbale and Lake View Wards from Thursday, October 15 to Saturday, December 12.

Dabaso Ward will however resume campaigns from Monday, November 16 to Saturday, December 12.

Parties will also be required to submit names of the candidates who will participate in the party primaries by September 24, 2020.

“The days for the nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the by-elections shall be on Thursday, October 15, 2020 and Friday, October 16, 2020 and the nomination papers shall be delivered by the candidates to the respective Returning Officer between the hours of eight o’clock in the morning and one o’clock in the afternoon and between the hours of two o’clock and four o’clock in the afternoon at the place designated by the Commission.” read the statement in part.

The campaigns will be allowed to run from 7am to 6pm daily with IEBC expected to publish COVID-19 guidelines for the conduct of the by-elections in the coming weeks.

In April, the IEBC announced a postponement of the By-elections, citing unprecedented challenges occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

The statement noted that the guidelines on social distancing and the dusk-to-dawn curfew would ultimately affect the polling.

Voters during a past by-election in Kenya. Source: File

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