Pensive wait for party nomination hopefuls as IEBC deadline nears
Hundreds of nomination hopefuls are keeping their fingers crossed as the seven-day deadline set by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for political parties to submit new lists lapses tomorrow.
This comes after the electoral body rejected—in totality—all the lists presented by some 79 political parties last week saying none of them met the constitutional requirements rendering them illegal.
In a press statement released on Friday, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati (pictured) said the political parties such as the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), Jubilee and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) failed the constitutional test.
In a press statement, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati gave the 7-day extension to the parties to present new lists therefore giving some of the hopefuls a ray of hope.
In a bid to provide inclusivity in parliament and county assemblies, the constitution gives political parties space to nominate persons to fill certain positions such as the two-thirds gender rule, youth and Persons living With Disabilities (PWDs among others.
A number of candidates who lost in the party nominations had been placed top in the lists by the major parties therefore cause public outcry and rifts within the political parties.
“The commission on June 3 published guidelines on preparation and submission of party lists and the same was publicized in two newspapers of nationwide circulation,” Chebukati said.