Election Countdown: 31 days to go

July 8, 2022 - 5 Minutes Read - By Mercy Kamau
Election timelines and activities 
Official campaign period.29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 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:

 On June 5, the High Court nullified a law that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) used to bar Mwangi Wa Iria and Reuben Kigame from contesting for the presidency in the August 9 polls. Delivering the ruling Justice Anthony Mrima said the IEBC erred in disqualifying the aspirants on unsatisfactory grounds such as lack of signatures of supporters.

Justice Mrima declared the requirement for candidates to present copies of IDs of supporters as from at least 24 counties was unconstitutional. He added that the requirements were in contravention of Article 31 of the Constitution of Kenya and the Data Protection Act.

On Thursday, a section of the Presidential aspirants who were not cleared by IEBC, stormed the IEBC offices at the Anniversary towers demanding that the IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati resign from his office for allegedly failing to honour the High Court orders.

Agano Party presidential candidate David Waihiga launched his manifesto on June 4, ahead of the August 9 General Elections. He is the final presidential candidate to present his blueprint for the country following Deputy President William Ruto and George Wajackoyah who launched theirs last week.  While launching his manifesto, Waihiga said that he will ensure that all public funds that have been corruptly gotten into people’s pockets will be returned within the first 30 days once he assumes office.

“My manifesto will be radical and unique and it shall propose to waive all tax penalties accrued as soon as I’m sworn in to give Kenyans a new start,” Waihiga said last week.

Former Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko’s hopes of being cleared to vie for the Mombasa gubernatorial seat in the August 9th polls were revived on June 4th after the High Court suspended gazettement of candidates until his case is heard and determined.

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula denied having any business relations with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission after a section of ODM members claimed that he was in communication with the Greek firm contracted to print ballot papers for the August polls. The Senator said the report by Daily Nation is malicious and false.

Next upcoming significant event: 
  • Nairobi Gubernatorial Debate – 11th July 2022
  • Deputy Presidential Debate – 19th July 2022
  • Presidential Debate – 26th July 2022
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