, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 6 – Campaigns for the fresh presidential election set for October 17 are set to officially kick off Wednesday.
In a gazette notice issued Tuesday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stated that campaigns will end on October 15, some 48 hours to the election.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his competitor Raila Odinga have already kicked off campaigns, with rallies in various parts of the country.
Odinga was also leading his brigade with rallies in Kisii County, accompanied by Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka among others who defended Chief Justice David Maraga’s bold ruling.
And while President Kenyatta says he has no problem with the new date, Odinga has faulted the electoral commission for declaring the poll date without adequate consultations.
In the meantime, a team to oversee the presidential election has been named by the IEBC.
In a statement, the Commission’s Chairman Wafula Chebukati picked Marjan Hussein Marjan to be the Project Coordinator, while Sidney Namulungu will be the Head of Operations.
He stated that Nancy Kariuki will head the logistics team as Bernard Mi-sati Moseti was appointed to head the training department and Albert Gogo has been named as the head of ICT, with Silas Rotich being the head of National Tallying Centre.
In the changes, Chebukati gave strict instructions that the new head of ICT will strictly work under instructions from him, as the National Returning Officer.