IEBC sets date for by-elections in Garissa Township, Kandara and Elgeyo Marakwet
By Joshua Cheloti
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced the date voters in Kandara and Garissa Township Constituency and Elgeyo Marakwet County will be going to the polls to elect their new leaders.
This follows the resignation of leaders in the three electoral areas to take up Cabinet Secretary Posts.
Elected leaders in the three areas resigned last week after the National Assembly approved their nomination to the cabinet.
Alice Wahome quit his Kandara Member of Parliament seat to take up the Water and Sanitation CS role while Aden Dulale is the new Defense CS after resigning as Garissa Township MP.
Kipchumba Murkomen resigned as Elgeyo Marakwet Senator to take up the Transport, Roads and Infrastructure CS docket.
With their resignation, IEBC has now gazetted January 5, 2023, as the day voters will be picking their replacement.
In a gazette notice shared on the electoral agency’s social media pages, political parties wishing to present candidates have been asked to pick them and submit names by November 30, 2022.
Individuals seeking to vie as independent candidates have until November 14, 2022, to submit their names.
“The campaign period for purposes of Thursday, 5th January 2023 By-elections shall commence upon the nomination of the candidate on Monday, 5th December 2022 and cease on Monday, 2nd January 2023, being 48 hours before the day of the by-election day,” IEBC said in a statement issued on October 30, 2022.
The three areas that will be conducting a by-election are considered the strongholds of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
It is expected that candidates that will get the nod to fly the party’s flag will easily win the seat.
Aside from the two Members of Parliament and one Senate seat by-election, IEBC will on the same day also conduct a by-election for Shela Ward in Lamu County Assembly.
According to IEBC the MCA also resigned from the position.