Nomination losers to have 10 days to quit and run as independent
Aspirants who will lose in party nominations will only have 10 days to quit their outfits and become independent candidates in the August 9 elections.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) yesterday issued deadlines for those wishing to participate in the coming polls asking every party and aspirants to make sure they adhere to them.
For those who will feel slighted by the ongoing party primaries which are set to be concluded by April 22, they will have a window to declare themselves independent by May 2.
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said anyone who will be on the ballot as an independent candidate will have to obtain clearance from the Registrar of Political Parties.
The Registrar Ann Nderitu told People Daily that independent aspirants should seek clearance certificates from her office by the date.
“The deadline is May 2 so they should come for the certificates by that date,” she said.
Chebukati said one must present the clearance certificate to the Commission, which should clearly indicate they are not a member of any party to be cleared to run. The names and symbols of the independent aspirants will be gazetted by May 13.
For the nominations, the parties organizing them must present to the IEBC the names of aspirants, dates and venues of the primaries on or before April 9.
“The submission shall be made in the prescribed Forms 11B (Presidential), 11C (Senate), 11D (County Woman Member to the National Assembly), 11E (Member of the National Assembly), 11F (County Governor) and 11G (County Assembly Ward Member) of the schedule to the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012,” said Chebukati.