, NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 4 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has scheduled the Kitutu Chache South Parliamentary seat election for November 7.
The poll was postponed following the death of Jubilee Party candidate Leonard Gwaro on July 8 in a road crash at Nyakoe area on the Kisii-Kisumu highway as he drove to a rally.
In a notice in the Kenya Gazette, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati directed Jubilee Party to submit details of their new candidate by Tuesday.
The IEBC has set aside Thursday and Friday as days when it’s Returning Officer will clear the Jubilee Party candidate.
“Disputes relating to or arising from the nomination shall be determined within ten (10) days of the lodging of the dispute with the Commission,” Wafula stated.
The Commission will also allow candidates from other parties including immediate former MP Richard Onyonka (FORD-Kenya) and Samuel Omwando (ODM) who had been cleared prior to the August 8 to verify their details and documents.
Chebukati said the campaign period for the by-election will commence on Thursday and cease on November 5.
The Commission also plans to hold elections in Masalani Ward in Garissa County and Bogichora Ward, Nyamira.
“Political parties and Independent candidates shall appoint and submit to the Commission the names of their Chief Elections Agents to the Commission on or before October 23,” read the Kenya Gazette Notice.
The Bogichora Ward poll was equally postponed following the death of MCA contender Onsomu Okebiro (Jubilee Party) after a short illness.
Former journalist Beuteah Omanga will be defending his seat against Anthony Kibagendi and former Kisii Town Mayor Samuel Nyangeso who are the front runner for the Jubilee Party ticket.