Party primaries in two months

The electoral commission yesterday issued new timelines giving political parties about two months to conduct primaries.

Electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati on Friday said in a statement that he has directed political parties to conduct their party primaries between April 13 to April 26 about two months from now.

Candidates and parties may be time barred following the adjustment of the timetable, which Mr Chebukati attributed to the new election laws.

Mr Chebukati said the elections timelines have been reviewed because of the recently passed election law.

Parties are yet to prepare their registers with Jubilee Party and ODM suspending their own registrations to concentrate on voter listing.

The new election timetable now requires parties to submit membership registers to the poll agency between March 9 and March 19.

Parties will also be required to submit a list of all their spirants to the commission between March 26 and April 5.

The list will be gazette before April 12.

The electoral commission has set aside 10 days from May 30 for settlement of disputes arising from party primaries.

A list of candidates will be published on June 10 while party lists will be submitted between the same day and June 24 before campaigns can officially begin.

Jubilee Party has allowed candidates to express interests in contesting various positions but the party is yet to set fees for those seeking the party’s ticket.

“What we paid last time was an “expression of interest” fee,” said Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki.

As expected of Kenyan politicians, defections are in progress with leaders shifting allegiance.

Kenyan Ambassador to Tanzania Chirau Ali Mwakwere and Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti have jumped ship.

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