The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has rescheduled the Machakos Senatorial by-election to March 18.
The IEBC Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati speaks of arriving at the decision. This because the earlier date of March 23 coincides with national examinations.
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Education Ministry informed the commission regularly that the National Examinations begin in the week of 23rd March 2021. This apparently conflicted with the timelines of the Machakos Senatorial by election,” Chebukati said.
Political parties have until January 18 to submit names of their candidates.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Senator Boniface Kabaka on December 11 after he collapsed at an apartment in Nairobi during a date with a Kitui-based secondary school teacher.
Independent candidates keen to contest in the by-election must not have been members of political parties three months before March 18, when the by-election will be held.
Further IEBC requires the names of their Constituency Election Agents on or before March 9, 2021. Political parties and the independent candidates should appoint and submit the names.
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The campaign period for the by-election shall commence on January 25 and lapse on March 15.
Machakos county hopes to get the best senator. They bear in mind that kabaka did the best, for instance.
“Before he became senator, he had served as my government’s legal counsel. He was always a lively man with a strong dedication to the improvement of the welfare of the people of Machakos and Kenya. This is a big blow to us,” he said.
People remembers Kabaka as a great man due to his work and achievements.
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His incredible positive influence and zest for life surpassed his habits. These included His demeanor, competitive style and skill off the political arena,” the party official said.
“He also did a lot in the community and was dedicated to our party, [upholding] our constitution, principles and positions on both national and county issues.”