Political parties have until Wednesday to submit membership list

April 5, 2017 (3 weeks ago) 4:39 pm
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The Commission’s chair Wafula Chebukati says so far only 57 registered political parties have delivered their submissions/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 5 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has called upon the 10 remaining political parties to submit their party membership lists soonest to enable the commission publicize the lists as required by law.

The remaining political parties have until end of Wednesday to do so as the Commission will gazette the names received within 7 days.

The Commission’s chair Wafula Chebukati says so far only 57 registered political parties have delivered their submissions.

“The Commission published a public notice on 6th February, 2017 requiring political parties to submit Names of Candidates for Party Primaries to the Commission from 26th March, 2017 – 5th April 2017,” he noted.

“Political parties should be reminded that no party primaries shall take place until the Commission gazettes the list of aspirants.”

The Commission also noted that the process of auditing of the register has commenced.

The audit which kicked off on March 31 will be undertaken by KPMG for a period of 21 days.

Meanwhile, voter education programs will begin in the next few weeks to increase information sharing on the results management framework.

IEBC‘s chair said the commission has developed a results management framework which clarifies the procedure the Commission shall follow in ensuring transparency and accountability in election results management.

“Under the law, it is only the Commission that is allowed to count, tally, collate, announce and declare the results of an election,” Chebukati said.

“The Commission has developed a results management framework which clarifies the procedure the Commission shall follow in ensuring transparency and accountability in election results management,” stated Chebukati.

The Commission also noted with concern the increasing reports of violence in various parts of the country warning that they would not tolerate any form of violence during political rallies.

Chebukati cited that the Commission is ready to fulfil its responsibility of enforcing the Code of Conduct through the Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee.

“We shall, in the course next week invite parties to attend a public event to subscribe them to the Code of Conduct.”

The Commission called on all Kenyans to avoid acts of violence during this electoral period.

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