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IEBC directs political parties to submit nomination rules

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has directed all political parties to submit their revised nomination rules as required under Section 27(1) of the Elections Act.

The submission of the nomination rules, according to IEBC, is expected within fourteen days and not later than Tuesday November 16, 2021 from the date the political parties received communication from the Commission directing them to revise the said rules.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, in a press release sent to news rooms, said that the Commission has determined that none of the eighty nine political parties which submitted their nomination rules for review on Monday October 18, 2021 has fully complied with the requirements of the law.

“Political parties are notified that the Commission will issue a certificate of compliance to political parties whose nomination rules are compliant with the prescribed regulations,” he said.

However, the Chairman cautioned that the nomination rules which fail to comply with the requisite regulations will be declared void and rejected.

He stated that the affected political parties will not be issued with a certificate of compliance which will consequently bar them from participating in the 2022 General Elections.

“Political parties may seek guidance on compliance at the Commission’s legal help desk set up at its offices on the 7th floor, Anniversary Towers,” he advised.

IEBC reviews nomination rules submitted by political parties pursuant to the provisions of Section 27 (2A) of the Elections Act, 2011 and Regulation 6 of the Elections (Party Primaries and Party Lists) Regulations, 2017.

By Michael Omondi

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