The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has noted that there will be no elections in four wards in the forthcoming general elections.
This is after candidates in those wards died yet they had already been cleared and gazetted by the electoral commission before their passing away.
Among those areas is Thaana ward in Mwingi West, Kitui County. This was occasioned by the death of candidate Stanley Ngui Muthengi.Oloimasani ward, Emurua Dikir Constituency in Narok, South Gem in Gem, Siaya and Utawala ward in Embakasi East.
According to lawyer Bobby Mkangi whenever a candidate who had been cleared dies and it is not possible for the IEBC to allow a new timeline to submit the name of another candidate before the elections,after the elections, the agency is supposed to give another chance to the concerned parties whether through competitive primaries or direct nomination.
If a candidate was as independent and the only one contesting the seat, and the time for submitting the papers had lapsed, there was not going to be an election. IEBC would cancel the election for now and call for fresh nominations after August 9," he stated.
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