June 14, 2024

IEBC calls crisis meeting over running mate deadline

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IEBC calls crisis meeting over running mate deadline; with less than 72 hours for presidential candidates to name their running mates.

Wafula Chebukati, the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, has scheduled a crisis meeting for Tuesday to address the running mate deadline.

The commission decided to call the meeting after both coalitions Azimio and Kenya Kwanza protested the Thursday deadline.

Both camps had objected the April 28, deadline and wanted the IEBC to receive the names between May 29 and June 6.

According to IEBC guidelines; presidential aspirants in the August 9 General elections have less than 72 hours to name their running mates or risk being disqualified.

The deadline does not exempt gubernatorial candidates. They must choose their running partners and submit their names by Thursday, April 28th, according to the IEBC.

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IEBC calls crisis meeting

The commission, chaired by Wafula Chebukati, had mandated that all presidential and gubernatorial candidates submit their names, along with those of their running mates, by April 28.

“We have asked officials leading the presidential teams of all candidates to come to the meeting so that we can agree on this matter,” a commissioner said.

The deadline does not exempt gubernatorial candidates. They must choose their running partners and submit their names by Thursday, April 28th, according to the IEBC.

“The above extrapolation applies to candidates for the position of governors and their deputies under Article 180 (5) and (6) of the Constitution as read together with qualification for Members of County Assembly, read together with Section 25 of the Elections Act.”

Similarly, in a letter responding to an earlier one by the Azimio la Umoja secretariat, IEBC maintains that the end date for submissions of presidential candidates and their running mates is April 28. The commission said it was guided by the law and its Election Operation Plan, which was published in a special issue of the ‘Kenya Gazette’ on January 20, 2022.” The Electoral body says.

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