September 17 by-elections: Key facts

September 13, 2012 2:58 pm
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An electoral official inspects a ballot box at a previous poll/ FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 13 – Kajiado North, Kangema and Ndhiwa constituencies, which hold mini-polls on September 17, are to many political pundits going to gauge the popularity of the main political parties as the country gears for the General Election next March.

Key facts:

NDHIWA CONSTITUENCY
1. Where is Ndhiwa constituency?
Ndhiwa constituency is located in Nyanza Province, Homa Bay County and falls under the Kisumu regional IEBC office.

2. Why is there a by-election in Ndhiwa?
The Ndhiwa constituency parliamentary seat fell vacant after the death of Orwa Ojode in a helicopter crash on June 10, 2012.
3. How many registered voters, wards, polling stations and streams are there in Ndhiwa constituency?
There are 48,661 registered voters in Ndhiwa spread across all the seven wards of the constituency and 140 polling stations subdivided into a total of 145 streams.
4. What preparations are in place for the by-elections?
Recruitment of temporary polling staff is complete and training commenced on September 8, 2012 and ended on September 13.
Political party agents have also been trained on the electoral process. IEBC will further conduct a briefing and engage with local and international observers on September 13 and 15 respectively.
5. Who are the nominated candidates running for the Ndhiwa seat?
There are three candidates contesting in the Ndhiwa Parliamentary by-elections namely:
1. Aghostinho Neto Oyugi – Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)
2. Tom Otieno – Kenya African National Union (Kanu)
3. Rosemary Atieno – The National Alliance Party (TNA)

KAJIADO NORTH CONSTITUENCY


1. Where is Kajiado North Constituency?
Kajiado North constituency is located Rift Valley province, Kajiado County and covers Isinya and Kajiado North districts. It falls under the Nairobi regional IEBC office.
2. Why is there a by-election in Kajiado North?
The Kajiado North parliamentary seat fell vacant after the death of area MP George Saitoti in a helicopter crash on June 10, 2012.
3. How many registered voters, wards, polling stations and streams are there in Kajiado North constituency?
There are 118,854 registered voters in Kajiado North spread across all the 18 wards of the constituency and 117 polling stations subdivided into a total of 230 streams.
4. What preparations are in place for the Kajiado North by-elections?
Recruitment of temporary polling staff is complete and training commenced on September 8, 2012. Political party agents have also been trained on the electoral process. IEBC will further conduct a briefing and engage with local and international observers on 13th and 15th September respectively.
5. Who are the nominated candidates running for the Kajiado North seat?
There are 10 candidates contesting in the Kajiado North Parliamentary by-elections namely:

1. Moses Somoine Sakuda – The National Alliance Party
2. Paul Gathechere Gichinga – Kenya African National Union (Kanu)
3. Peter Salaon Kashorda – United Democratic Forum (UDF)
4. Anthony Simel Keen – Party of National Unity (PNU)
4. Solomon Kinyanjui – Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM)
6. Livingstone Simel Sane – Agano Party
7. Peter Korinko Mositet – Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)
8. Peter Munene Munyu – Kenya National Congress
9. Andrew Nangurai – Restore and Build Kenya (RBK)
10. Ruth Wanjiku Njoroge – The Conservative Party

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KANGEMA CONSTITUENCY
1. Where is Kangema Constituency?
Kangema constituency is located Central province, Murang’a County and it falls under the Thika regional IEBC office.
2. Why is there a by-election in Kangema?
The Kangema parliamentary seat fell vacant after the death of area MP, Hon. John Michuki in February 2012.
3. How many registered voters, wards, polling stations and streams are there in Kangema constituency?
There are 37,651 registered voters in Kangema spread across all the 10 wards of the constituency and 47 polling stations subdivided into a total of 76 streams.
4. What preparations are in place for the Kangema by-elections?
Recruitment of temporary polling staff is complete and training commenced on September 8, 2012. Political party agents have also been trained on the electoral process. IEBC will further conduct a briefing and engage with local and international observers on 13th and 15th September respectively.
5. Who are the nominated candidates running for the Kangema seat?
There are six candidates contesting in the Kajiado North Parliamentary by-elections namely:
1. John Gathogo – Mkenya Solidarity Movement
2. Simon Mwangi – United Democratic Forum (UDF)
3. Clement Muturi – Saba Saba Asili
4. Paul Kimani Mugo – Party Of National Unity (PNU)
5. Tiras Nyingi – The National Alliance (TNA)
6. Samuel Mwangi – Mzalendo Saba Saba Party

Elections in all the three constituencies will be held on Monday September 17, 2012. Polling stations will be opened at 6am and close at 5pm. Polling officials will be deployed to their respective stations, together with all election material on Sunday 16th September 2012.

The tallying centres for the constituencies will be as follows:
1. Kangema – Muguru ACK Hall
2. Ndhiwa – Ndhiwa Social Hall
3. Kajiado North – Oloolaiser High School, Ngong

Provisional results by the IEBC will be transmitted electronically and a national tallying centre will be set up at Lillian Towers (Nairobi safari Club).

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