Mathare By-election Postponed to August 11

NAIROBI: Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Mathare Constituency by-election, earlier scheduled for 7th August, 2014, has been postponed to Monday, 11th August, 2014. This will allow IEBC adequate time to include Hon. William Omondi’s name on the ballot paper as a contestant in the by-election, in compliance with the High Court judgment issued on 30th July, 2014 in Constitutional Petition no. 288 of 2014.

The Gatundu South and Kibiri County Assembly Ward by-elections will proceed as earlier scheduled on Thursday, 7th August, 2014. IEBC had barred Mr. Omondi from presenting his papers for nominations because records with Registrar of Political Parties indicated that he was still a registered member of ODM yet he wanted to stand as an Independent candidate.

POs and DPOs ready to conduct By-elections

July 31 ,2014

The Presiding Officers (Pos) and Deputy Presiding Officers (DPOs), who will conduct the August 7th 2014 By-elections, have just undergone training in their respective electoral areas. Clerks will be trained on 4th and 5th August. Over 210 Pos and DPOs were trained in Gatundu South, 230 in Mathare and 44 in Kibiri County Assembly Ward (CAW) in Karachuonyo, Homa Bay.

The training focused on election technology (Electronic Voter Identification Devices and Results Transmission System), filling of statutory forms, election offences and roles of election officials. Unlike the training they had in preparation for the 2013 General Elections, the polling officials had sufficient gadgets for hands-on training. Some of the temporary officials worked for IEBC in previous elections and have now gained considerable experience with elections. This is demonstrated by the remarkable and use of technology and efficient election processes in all the By-elections held so far.

IEBC Staff Train on Mitigating Electoral Risks

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MOMBASA: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The IEBC is training its staff countrywide on electoral risk management using a tool that helps in identifying early warning signs and mitigation of risks. The use of the Electoral Risk Management Tool (ERM Tool), which was developed by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), helped in preventing violence during the 2013 general election.

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Disputes Committee Bars Mathare By-election Aspirant

NAIROBI: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee has upheld the Mathare Returning Officer’s decision to bar an independent candidate from contesting in the constituency by-election scheduled for 7th August, 2014.

In its ruling, the IEBC committee said that Mr. Evans Gor Semelango was not eligible to vie in the by-election because he violated a provision in section 43(5) of the Elections Act that requires public servants to resign from office six months before seeking an elective seat.

Mathare Returning Officer Joseph Masindet had on 11th July, 2014, declined to issue a nomination certicated to Mr. Semeelng’o on account of having failed to prove that he was not a public servant by 1st March, 2014. According to the Committee, the complainant “failed to adduce any evidence to the contrary”.

The IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee is mandated with settling electoral disputes including disputes arising from nominations. It is chaired by IEBC Vice-Chairprson Lilian Mahiri-Zaja with Commissioners Mohamed Alawi and Abdullahi Sharawe as members.

IEBC Clears Candidates for Gatundu South, Mathare By-elections

Candidates for Gatundu SouthA Candidate for the Mathare Parliamentary By-election presents his nominations papers  to the Returning Officer at St.Teresa Girls Primary School on 10th July 2014.

July 15, 2014
Eight candidates will contest the Mathare parliamentary seat while two received the IEBC nod to vie for in the Gatundu South by-elections scheduled for August 7, 2014.

On the same date, five candidates will be seeking to be a Member of Homa-bay County Assembly for Kibiri Ward. The candidates presented nomination papers to their respective Returning Offcers in these electoral areas on 10th and 11th July, 2014. Following these nominations, some petitions were filed before the IEBC Disputes Resolution Tribunal which is expected to complete its rulings by Friday, 18th July, 2014.

Located in Nairobi County, Mathare Constituency has a total of 88,053 registered voters (87,942 with biometrics and 111 without biometrics), 13 polling centres with 115 polling streams.

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