The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has issued its statutory timelines for the August 9, 2022, general election.
Through a special issue of the Kenya Gazette, the commission has outlined key statutory election timelines that Political Parties and Independent Candidates should observe.
Political parties are expected to submit to the Commission a membership list certified by the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) on or before April 9, 2022.
The parties are also supposed to submit to the Commission the names of Aspirants, dates and venues of the nominations on or before Saturday, April 9, 2022.
The commission advised political conduct nominations and resolve any intra-party disputes on or before April 22, 2022.
Parties are also supposed to submit to the Commission on or before April 22, 2022, the name(s) and specimen signatures of authorised official(s) who shall certify to the Commission person(s) duly nominated.
The specimen signatures shall be delivered in printed copy and electronic form in a USB flash drive at Anniversary towers 21st floor between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Likewise, independent candidates are required to present their clearance certificates from the (ORPP) to confirm they are not members of any registered political party by May 2, 2022.
The independent candidates are also supposed to submit to the Commission symbols they intend to use in the election on or before May 2, 2022
They are also expected to deliver to the respective Returning Officers duly filled forms of Supporters, accompanied by corresponding copies of the identification documents of the voters who have appended their signatures in support of their candidature.
Presidential candidates intending to take part in the election are required to collect statutory forms for collecting details of their supporters and deliver them to the Commission on or before, May 23, 2022. The following are the requirements:
- Duly filled forms of Supporters bearing the names, signatures, identity cards/passport numbers of at least 2,000 voters registered in each of a majority of the counties.
- Corresponding copies of the identification documents of the voters who have appended their signatures in support of their candidature, and
- An electronic list of supporters in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format.
IEBC urged political parties and independent candidates to observe the timelines.
The commission also said it will reject ineligible independent candidates and nomination certificates that are not duly signed or those which have altercations