, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – The battle for the December 19 Bungoma senatorial by-election is all set, after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission cleared former senator Moses Wetangula.
The former Senator joins former Cabinet Minister Musikari Kombo (New Ford-K), former Bumula MP Bifwoli Wakoli (Labour Party of Kenya) and journalist David Makali (Independent) who received the IEBC nod on Thursday.
Wetangula who is defending the seat on a Ford-K ticket (an affiliate party of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy -CORD), launched his campaign at the Bungoma Posta Grounds.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka were among the Cord leaders scheduled to address the rally.
The Minority Leader in the Senate lost his seat through an election petition filed by Kombo.
Wetangula is the only CORD co-principal to make it into an elective post in the March General Election.
IEBC vice chairman Lillian Mahiri-Zaja Thursday said the official campaign period for the by-election starts Friday and ends at 6pm on December 17, two days before the by-election.
The candidates were warned against campaigning at funerals and in churches. They were also asked to restrain their supporters from defacing campaign posters of their rivals.
Zaja further cautioned the candidates against using offensive language targeted at their rivals.