The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has so far received 15 names of aspirants interested in the forthcoming Machakos Senatorial by-election.
Machakos County IEBC returning officer Joyce Wamalwa said the 15 aspirants will go through the nomination process for legibility
The candidates include 13 men and 2 women with six aspirants contesting as independent candidates.
“So far, we have received a list of 15 aspirants who have shown interest in this by-election and they will be submitting their documents for nomination on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26/03/2021 from 8.00 am,” Wamalwa said.
The aspirants are expected to present their documents to the IEBC for clearance on Monday 25.
The aspirants to appear before the IEBC on Monday include Munyambu Francis Musembi, Nthama Sebastian Nzau, Maweu Jonathan Makenzi, Muli Lazarus Muoki, and Ndonye Gilbert Mutua.
Others are Kitheka Simeon Kioko (Grand Dream Development Party), Dr. Musingi K. John (Muungano party), Muindi Stanley (Party of Economic Democracy), and Ngengele Urbanus Mutunga Muthama of United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
Those expected to appear before the electoral commission on Tuesday 26th include Mwanzia Lily Nduku (Chama Cha Uzalendo), Joseph Musyoki Mathuki (Independent), Katuku John Mutua (Maendeleo Chap Chap), Muia Stephen Kilonzo (Thirdway Alliance), Otto Edward Musembi (Ford Asili), and Agnes Kavindu of Wiper Democratic Movement of Kenya.
“We are just appealing to residents of Machakos County that they should conduct themselves and campaigns should be peaceful. We expect peaceful nominations. So far, we have not received any challenges and we thank the security team for ensuring that everything works well” she added.
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She further revealed that they had issued the aspirant with the IEBC code of conduct that is comprehensive on what is expected of them during the by-election process.
“We don’t expect any issues arising or contravening the code of conduct. We agreed with the candidates that they should all adhere to the code of conduct. Therefore, we are not expecting anything that is out of the code,” she said.
She further warned that all aspirants must adhere to Covid-19 rules and regulations issued by the government.
She also said the commission was in the process of recruiting poll officials and is ready to conduct the by-election.
“We are ready for the training. We have all the materials that are required. Our equipment is working well, we are ready for this by-election,” Wamalwa said.