, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 13 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that by-elections in Mathare and Gatundu South constituencies will take place on August 7.
A statement from the commission said that the by-election in Kibiri County Assembly Ward (Karachuonyo Constituency, Homabay County) will also take place on the same day.
IEBC Communication and Corporate Affairs Manager Tabitha Mutemi indicated that both political party and independent candidates will present their nomination papers to the respective Returning Officers on July 10 and 11, 2014.
“Independent candidates are required to submit their symbols and seek clearance from the Registrar of Political Parties before June 19, 2014 while political party primaries are expected to have been completed by June 23, 2014,” she said.
Voters in Gatundu South will be heading back to the polls to elect a new Member of National Assembly after the death of Joseph Ngugi Nyumu on May 21, 2014.
The Mathare seat fell vacant following the Supreme Court’s ruling on May 23 that upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision to nullify the election of George Wanjohi.
According to the Supreme Court, the Mathare poll was not held in accordance with the law thereby making the results inaccurate.
The court further ruled it did not have jurisdiction to declare the winner, but would only give people of Mathare a chance to choose their leaders democratically.
During the ruling, the judges said that the Returning Officer of Mathare constituency did not observe the law when he altered the declared results.