Petition to Bar ODM from Homa Bay By-election Dismissed

Disputes-Resolution-CommitteeThe petitioner, Mr. Isaac Aluoch Aluochier, during the Disputes Resolution Committee (DRC) hearings at the IEBC offices in Nairobi.

NAIROBI: Monday, January 19, 2015
The IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee (DRC) has dismissed a petition seeking to bar the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) from participating in the forthcoming Homa Bay Senatorial by-election.

The complainant, Mr. Isaac Aluochier, had alleged that ODM committed an offence in the March 2013 General Elections when they nominated the late Otieno Kajwang for the elective position of Senator while he was still a public officer, contrary to provisions of Article 99(2)(a) of the Constitution and Section 22(1)(a) of the Elections Act, 2011. At the time, Mr. Kajwang was serving as Minister for Immigration and Registration of Persons.

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Preparations on Course for Matumbei County Assembly Ward By-Election

KITALE: Saturday December 27, 2014
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has made all preparations necessary to conduct the Matumbei County Assembly Ward by-election scheduled for Monday 29th December, 2014.

The Commission has hired and trained 21 Presiding Officers (POs), 18 Deputy Presiding Officers (DPOs) and 62 polling clerks for the exercise. In addition, there will be two police officers per polling station.

“Dispatch of election material and deployment of polling official will be done on Sunday 28th December 2014. On Monday, polling stations will be opened at 6am and close at 5pm,” said the Returning Officer, Ms Joyce Namunyak, while addressing the media at the IEBC Endebes constituency offices.

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IEBC Clears Five Candidates for Matumbei Ward By-election

Matumbei-by-electionMatumbei by-election Returning Officer Joyce Namunyak (right), explains a point to a candidate after issuing her with a clearance certificate at the IEBC Endebes Constituency offices

Kitale: Monday December 1, 2014
A total of five candidates have been cleared to contest in the Matumbei County Assembly Ward by-election set for December 29, 2014.

The Returning Officer, Ms Joyce Namunyak, received nomination papers and issued clearance certificates to Phillip Naibei Sakong of URP, Ford Kenya’s Boniface Sifuna Khalika, Elijah Kamau Mucheru (Safina), Judith Mutonyi Wakwakubi of New Ford Kenya and Agano Party’s Stephen Simatwo Kapkori.

“You are expected to conduct peaceful campaigns and abide by the electoral code of conduct,” the Returning Officer told the candidates.

Matumbei is a county Assembly Ward in Endebes Constituency, Trans-Nzoia County. It has over 9,000 registered voters with 15 polling centres that are further subdivided into 18 polling streams. The by-election was occasioned by the death of the incumbent Member of County Assembly (MCA) on September 8, 2014.

All the candidates will meet the Returning Officer tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd December to harmonise their campaign schedules. The official campaign period will run up to 27th December, 2014.

 

Stakeholders Recommend Improvements for Future Elections

The two-day national stakeholders' post-election evaluation workshop has come to an end in Nairobi with participants recommending various ways of improving the overall conduct, management and administration of future elections.

Under the theme: ‘Moving Kenya towards a Stronger Democracy: Priorities for Action’, the workshop was seeking to understand and build on what was done well, highlight and review what did not go well and aim to better subsequent electoral activities from the lessons learnt.

The workshop drew participation from government agencies, civil society organisations, the media, political parties and development partners. Retired South African Judge Johann Kriegler, who chaired the 2007 Elections Independent Review Commission, was the Chief Guest at the Workshop.

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Continuous Voter Registration at Huduma Centres

NAIROBI: Monday, October 13, 2014
The IEBC has adopted a new voter registration outreach strategy. The public can now enroll as voters at the one-stop public service Huduma Centres. Nakuru and Kisii are among the first towns to offer IEBC officials desks to register voters using the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits. Huduma Centres are convenient for voter registration because that is where the public go for primary documents for registration such as ID cards and Passports.

The IEBC is mandated by law to maintain an updated register of voters which it must regularly revise and update by adding those who have not registered and deleting the names of deceased voters. The Election Act 2011 says IEBC will “conduct a fresh voter registration, if necessary, at intervals of not less than eight years, and not more than twelve years, immediately after the Commission reviews the names and boundaries of the constituencies in accordance with Article 89 (2) of the Constitution”. The current exercise is not a fresh registration of voters.

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