Election Countdown: 143 days to go

March 18, 2022 - 5 minutes read

Election timelines and activities 

ActivityTimeline
Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts9th February, 2022
Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC9th April, 2022.
Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names of persons contesting in the party primaries, the date and venues of the primaries9th April, 2022
A political party intending to present candidates through direct nominations or party primaries to submit the names of the persons nominated to contest in the election to the IEBC.28th April, 2022
Candidates intending to participate in this election as independent candidates to submit their names and symbols they intend to use during the election to the IEBC2nd May, 2022
IEBC to publish in the Gazette, the names and symbols of persons intending to contest in the election as independent candidates   13th May, 2022.
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, 2022 to 6th June, 2022.
Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the National Assembly Elections29th May, 2022 to 31st May, 2022
Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the Senate Elections29th May, 2022 to 31st May, 2022
Official campaign period.29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022
Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the County Woman Member to the National Assembly elections.1st June, 2022 to 3rd June, 2022.
Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the County Assembly Elections1st June, 2022 to 7th June, 2022.
Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the County Governor Elections.4th June, 2022 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:

  1. UDA endorses DP Dr. Ruto as the Presidential Flagbearer

On Tuesday, the National Delegates Conference of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) endorsed Deputy President William Ruto as the party’s presidential flagbearer. DP Ruto will now officially face former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for the country’s top seat in the August 2022 election.

  1. KEPSA Hosts UDA Presidential Flagbearer for a Private Sector Economic Manifesto Forum

On Thursday 17th March, 2022 the Presidential hopeful DP Dr. Ruto met with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) leadership as part of the planned engagements with Presidential Candidates for the 2022 Elections on the Private Sector Economic Manifesto. This is being done under the auspicious Mkenya Daima Campaign that aims to foster peaceful elections that will not interfere or bring to a halt Kenya’s socio-economic development. 

This is premised on the fact that in the past every five years when Kenya goes through the electoral process to put in place its political leadership, it periodically experiences election-related tensions and an economic downturn with the GDP taking a dip. For this reason, KEPSA under the Mkenya Daima banner is seeking to work with the aspiring leaders to influence their manifestos to be people-centred and economy conscious, and urge for peaceful co-existence before, during and after the 2022 elections.

During the meeting Dr. Ruto pledged to accept the results of the general election and that he would go through legal formal channels (the judiciary) to contest the results if need be and requested that his counterparts do the same. 

Further, the Presidential hopeful declared that on his first day in office, if elected, he would sign off 3 Executive Orders relating to delinking of IG and judiciary from the executive. This would be achieved by for instance by operationalizing the proposed judiciary fund to enhance financial independence away from the executive. In addition to this, he stated that his government would find ways of implementing the housing fund within his first 100 days in office in order to stimulate the One Trillion Shilling investment needed to grow the sector.

With regards to tax administration, Dr. Ruto stated that there is a need to digitise collection of taxes in order to increase revenue and enhance efficiency. By increasing tax collections, the country would be able to reduce its growing appetite for borrowing. 

While reiterating the UDA Presidential candidate’s remarks, Hon. Mudavadi who was present at the forum stated that the Kenya Kwanza Alliance was keen on working with the Private Sector to secure job opportunities in key sectors such as agriculture in order to expand the tax base. Furthermore, he emphasised the need for state agencies, particularly the revenue authority, to work with private entities who may be avoiding or evading taxes through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms as opposed to threatening to and contributing towards business closure as this does not help anybody. “We should work to enhance our arbitration processes to buttress the formal judicial process in order to avoid wastage of resources and work together to build our economy,” Hon. Mudavadi added. 

As Kenya looks forward to the 2022 General Elections, and the evolving governance space, it was collectively agreed that there is a need to collectively look and envision a prosperous Kenya and aspire towards that vision.

Next upcoming significant event: 

  • Safina Party aspirants nomination application extended to 25th March, 2022
  • Ubuntu People’s Forum Party nomination application deadline set for 22nd March, 2022
  • Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC on  April 9,  2022.
  • Political parties intend to present candidates in the election to submit the names of persons contesting in the party primaries, the date and venues of the primaries.
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