NAIROBI, Kenya Sept 9 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has gazetted returning officers and their deputies who will oversee the November 7 by-elections slated for Kitutu Chache South Constituency and Masalani and Bogichora Wards in Garissa and Nyamira counties respectively.
In a notice in Friday’s Kenya Gazette, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati appointed Akumu Imbo Hilda as the Constituency Returning Officer while Sylvia Kemunto Ondimu is her deputy.
Ibrahim Abdi Farah has been named as Masalani Constituency Returning Officer and will be deputised by Hussein Hirab Shurie.
Otieno Mayo Samson is the Bogichora Constituency Returning while Isaiah Misonge will serve as the Deputy Returning Officer
The polls were postponed following the deaths of Jubilee Party candidates Leonard Gwaro (Kitutu Chache South), Onsomu Okebiro (Bogichora) and Ibrahim Abdullahi Muktar (Masalani).
Gwaro passed on, on July 8 in a road crash at Nyakoe area on the Kisii-Kisumu highway as he drove to a rally.
Similarly, Jubilee Party candidate for Bogichora ward, John Okebiro, died four days to August 8 elections, forcing the polls body to postpone the elections for the MCA post.
Muktar, MCA candidate for Masalani ward in Garissa County, died on July 5, in a tragic road accident.
In a notice in the Kenya Gazette published earlier this week, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati directed Jubilee Party to submit details of their new candidate by Tuesday.
This prompted Jubilee Party to hand a direct ticket to Anthony Kibagendi for the Kitutu Chache South parliamentary elections.
The IEBC set aside Thursday and Friday as days when it’s Returning Officer will clear the Jubilee Party candidate to join immediate former MP Richard Onyonka (FORD-Kenya), Samuel Omwando (ODM), Justus Mochoge (ANC), Jimmy Onkangi (PDP) and Morara Nyarang’o (KANU) who had been cleared for the contest prior to the August 8.