Students Learn about Elections from IEBC

Students from Our Lady of Mercy, Magundu in Tharaka-Nithi County paid IEBC a courtesy call in their ongoing educational tour of key institutions in the country.

The IEBC Chairperson Ahmed Issack Hassan urged the students to be peace ambassadors and participate in electing leaders as soon as they are eligible to be registered as voters. The over 100 students were also addressed by the Acting CEO, Ms Betty Nyabuto and several Commissioners, educating the students on the mandate of IEBC and the role of the electoral management body in the development of democracy in Kenya.

Mr. Hassan urged the students to be peace ambassadors and also to participate in electing leaders as soon as they are eligible to be registered as voters. The IEBC Chairperson observed that many youth are reluctant to actively participate in electoral matters and only left it to the senior members of the society.

The Chairperson of the IEBC Voter Education and Media committee Commissioner Muthoni Wangai shared the same sentiments and asked the students to ensure they excel in their education and also carry themselves with dignity so as to earn respect from the members of the society. She also asked them to ensure they joined political parties and to initiate, change and discipline in the running of political parties.

The students promised to apply the knowledge gained in their schools when electing members of the students’ council formerly known as school prefects.


Candidates Cleared for Bomachoge Borabu and Bungoma

ERIS-training-NakuruBomachoge Borabu Returning Officer Gilbert Serem (left) explains provisions of the Electoral Code of Conduct to a candidate at Magena High school on 22nd November 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013
Seven candidates have been cleared to contest in the Bomachoge Borabu Constituency Parliamentary by-elections and four for Bungoma Senator by-election, both scheduled for December 19, 2013. The candidates cleared by IEBC’s County Returning Officer, Mr. Ben Misati, to run for the Bungoma senator seat are:
1. Kombo Musikari (New Ford Kenya)
2. Makali David (Independent candidate)
3. Wakoli Bifwoli (The Labour Party of Kenya)
4. Masika Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya)
IEBC’s Vice-Chairperson Lilian Mahiri-Zaja and Commissioners Thomas Letangule and Bwire Albert took all the candidates through a document validation and confirmation process.


No By-elections in Lamu and Nyaribari Chache as planned

The Court of Appeal has reinstated Dr Issa Abdalla Tammy as the Governor of Lamu. This means there will not be a by-election in Lamu County on 2nd December, 2013. In addition, the Court of Appeal, sitting in Kisumu, suspended the nullification of election of Dr. Chris Bichage as Nyaibari Chache MP. Dr Bichage had appealed against the court's nullification of his election. Once served with the court order, IEBC will suspend plans to conduct the by-election until the appeal is heard and determined.

December By-electoins on Schedule

Nairobi :Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The preparations for the forthcoming by-elections in 12 electoral areas on 2nd and 19th December, 2013 are on course. The Lamu senatorial by-election and Lunga Lunga constituency by-election will be held on 2nd, December, 2013. Nominations were conducted on 6th and 7th November, 2013. On December 19, 2013, IEBC will conduct by-elections for Bungoma Senator, Bomachoge, Borabu and Nyaribari Chache constituencies and in the following seven (7) County Assembly Wards:
  • Mua (Machakos County),
  • Balambala (Garissa County),
  • Igoji West (Meru County),
  • Mugogondo (Laikipia County),
  • Mogondo (Narok County),
  • Kabisanga (Nandi County) and
  • Bobaracho (Kisii County).
Nominations for this second batch of by-elections will be conducted on 21st and 22nd November, 2013.


Media’s engagement with IEBC boosted voter education

Nairobi :Friday, November 15, 2013

VC at UON Media Summit 192x133IEBC Vice-Chairperson Lilian Mahiri-Zaja (right) confers with faculty members of the University of Nairobi School of Journalism at the Annual Media Summit in Nairobi.

The partnership of IEBC and the media in disseminating electoral information during the March 4th 2013 elections enhanced voter education and helped demystify the complex election process and systems. 

IEBC Vice-Chairperson Lilian Mahiri-Zaja told the University of Nairobi’s Annual Media Summit at the Safari Park the Commission is mandated to inform the public and the media provides an effective platform for realizing this responsibility.

She said that the fact that IEBC worked with the media should not be seen as encouraging a cozy relationship aimed at compromising the role of journalists as the watchdog of the society. Ms Mahiri-Zaja recalled that there were incidents where “some headline critical of IEBC emerged in the middle of a forum of IEBC and media managers”.


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