Party primaries can only begin on 13TH April says IEBC

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IEBC in a joint meeting with NASA leaders  in Nairobi on 6TH APRIL 2017

BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,7TH APRIL 2017- Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC)  has stood by its decision stopping party nominations untill the 13TH April 2017.The move is a blow to Orange Democratic Movement Party ODM   which  intended  to starts its  nomination  Saturday in Bungoma, Busia and Turkana.

Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati had clashed with ODM on the dates for holding party primaries, with the IEBC Chairperson insisting all party primaries should be conducted between April 13 and April 26 after the Commission gazettes names of all aspirants from respective political parties.

 In a statement after an internal commission meeting held Friday morning, Chebukati maintained that party primaries can only be held after aspirants’ names are gazetted.

Section 31 (2C) of the Election Act requires the Commission to publish the names of persons contesting in a party primary and the date of the party primary within seven days of receipt of the names of the party candidates.

The deadline for submitting the names was on April 5.

“The Commission is in the process of publishing the names received from the political parties in the gazette in accordance with the law. Parties may proceed to hold their primaries in accordance with the Commission’s timelines once the candidates have been published in the Kenya Gazette,” Chebukati said in a statement to newsrooms.

ODM Party National Elections Board Chairperson Judith Pareno had previously maintained that its primaries would go on as scheduled.

 Pareno insisted that they had submitted their party list of nominees on March 30.

“ODM primaries to go on as scheduled. Exercise to begin on April 8 in Bungoma, Busia, Machakos,” ODM Director of Public Communications Phillip Etale posted on his Twitter handle.

The Orange party had staggered primaries between Saturday and April 21.

hear is the letter from the IEBC released Friday 7TH APRIL 2017.

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