May 20, 2022 - 5 minutes read

Election Countdown: 80 days to go

By Amrit Labhuram
Election timelines and activities 
ActivityTimeline
Presidential candidates deliver to IEBC a list of at least 2,000 voters registered in each of a majority of the counties23rd May, 2022
Days for the nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the Presidential Election29th May to 6th June, 2022.
Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the National Assembly Elections29th May to 31st May, 2022
Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the Senate Elections29th May to 31st May, 2022
Official campaign period.29th May to 6th August, 2022
Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the County Woman Member to the National Assembly elections.1st June to 3rd June, 2022.
Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the County Assembly Elections1st June to 7th June, 2022.
Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the County Governor Elections.4th June to 7th June, 2022
Lodging and determination of disputes arising from nominations9th June, 2022
Political parties participating in the General Election to submit their Party List to IEBC25th June, 2022
Political parties and candidates to appoint and submit to the IEBC the names of the County Tallying Centre Election Agents25th July, 2022
For presidential elections, political parties and candidates to be appointed and submit the names of the National and Constituency Chief Election Agents to IEBC.25th July, 2022
General Election day9th August, 2022
Significant political event of the week:

One of the frontrunners in Kenya’s presidential election has picked a veteran female politician and one-time rival as his running mate. Martha Wangari Karua was picked by presidential aspirant and former Prime minister Raila Amollo Odinga to the role making her the first woman to run on a major political party’s presidential ticket. Ms. Karua is a former Justice minister from Central Kenya who also ran for the presidency in 2013. 

On her nomination, Mr Odinga lauded Ms. Karua saying that her performance as the Justice and Constitutional Affairs as well as Water minister during the tenure of the late President Mwai Kibaki earned her the hotly contested spot. The nomination has been received with jubilation amongst the women political elite including from the African Women Leaders Network, who have likened Ms Karua to her US counterpart, Kamala Harris.

The announcement came a day after Deputy President William Ruto picked Rigathi Gachagua, a former aide turned critic of President Uhuru Kenyatta to be his running mate.

Raila’s supporters have stated that her nomination has sent a message that times have changed. A Tifa poll this week noted that the Odinga-Karua ticket has the support of 35 percent of women while 32 percent back Dr Ruto and Mr Gachagua. According to Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, the results of the Tifa poll do not come as a surprise as Marha Karua has electrified the race because of her credentials as well as balancing of the gender equation. 

Next upcoming significant events: 
  • Presidential candidates shall submit their names and that of their Deputies to the IEBC.
  • County Governor candidates shall submit their names and that of their Deputies to the IEBC.

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