BY CORRESPONDENT,NAIROBI,10TH FEB,2022-Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has commended IEBC on clarifying the issue of resignation of Members of County Assembly aspiring for higher elective seats.
Muturi said he had consulted with the IEBC and agreed with the position taken by the electoral body Chairman Wafula Chebukati that MCAs don’t have to resign now but will be required to quit before presenting nomination papers.
Muturi had earlier drawn the attention of MCAs to Secrion 99 (2a) of the Constitution that requires the county members to resign six months before the General Election.
However, Chebukati came out two days ago to clarify that the Elections Act requires that MCAs resignation by the time of presenting nomination papers.
The only MCAs required to resign are those seeking higher seats, while those defending their seats can do their full term.
Muturi said the clarification by Chebukati should suffice for MCAs.
Muturi was speaking in Githunguri town, Kiambu County, where he held a townhall engagement with grassroots political leaders of the Democratic Party.
He has declared his intention to vie for the presidency on a DP ticket.
Today in Limuru town Muturi is expected to be endorsed as the presidential flag bearer by about 1,000 Democratic Party delegates from Kiambu County.
Muturi reiterated that presidential aspirants looking for votes in Mt Kenya region should respect the area people.
Muturi said: “They should not just regard the region as a boost for votes, they must respect the people and local political parties. Some have been calling our parties tribal yet they also have parties based in their regions.”
He called on Mt Kenya political leaders to pursue unity rather than lining up for favours from parties based in other regions.
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