, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that the by-election for the Nyaribari Chache National Assembly seat will be held on December 30.
This is after the Wednesday’s Court of Appeal ruling which upheld the High Court decision that had nullified the election of Chris Bichage as the area MP.
Bichage had made a successful application to halt preparations for the by-elections, initially set for December 19, through a stay order issued on November 22.
In a statement, the electoral body said it will continue the clearance of those who were locked out as a result of the stay order issued by the courts from Monday.
“All other candidates who had been cleared on November 20 are not required to present their nomination papers afresh as they had successfully been cleared,” the statement issued by the commission’s Communications Manager Tabitha Mutemi stated.
Last month, the IEBC was forced to call off two by-elections set for December in Lamu and Lunga Lunga, after the Court of Appeal overturned the nullification of both elections, a move heavily criticized by the commission Chairman Issack Hassan.
“We have a lot of problems with judgments coming from the courts, very late injunctions coming late in the day disrupting the court process, the Court of Appeal giving judgments five or six days to the elections after the Commission has committed public funds at the by-election and other issues that we would like to discuss with you,” he complained to Chief Justice Willy Mutunga last month.
During the July 26 Makueni Senatorial by-election, the IEBC was forced to append the name of Mutula Kilonzo Junior onto thousands of ballot papers after the High Court made a ruling late in the day that Wiper could replace Kethi Kilonzo as their candidate.
Thursday’s Bungoma and Bomachoge Borabu by-elections will however, go on as scheduled after the Court of Appeal upheld both nullifications.