“The commission warns that as an impartial referee they have all the disciplinary cards and will not hesitate to flash out yellow or red cards as part of the law of the game, to any player that fails to adhere to the regulations in order to deliver free, fair, and credible elections,” IEBC said.
IEBC further announced that it has altered the date for the gazettement of the General Election date from March 14, 2022, to January 19, 2022.
“The dates to conduct party primaries, resolution of intra-party disputes submission of names of candidates after primaries have also been changed to May 26, 2022,” the electoral body said.
In changing the dates in the 2022 elections calendar, IEBC said political parties will get a period of 129 days to conduct their party primaries.
@ 9th September 2021 – Final day for aspirants to conduct fund raising for 2022 campaigns. IEBC 2022 POLITICAL CALENDAR
@ 18th October 2021 – All parties to present their party proceedings to IEBC in preparation to elections.
@ 9th February 2022– Public servants aspiring for any seat to leave their offices and write letter of self-dismisal.
@ 9th June- Presidential Aspirants to submit their papers to IEBC.
@ 16th — 22nd April 2022- Party Preliminaries to be conducted
@ 1st may 2022 – Campaigns to officially start to run for 2 months.
- The presidential candidates are to submit their papers to IEBC between 30th May and 10th June in 2022. Also, the campaigns period is to kick off on 30th May and ends on the 6th of August 2022.
- The commission has given aspirants until 9th December this year to conduct their fundraising for campaigns.On the other hand, public servants who are aspiring for any seat to leave office before or 8th February 2022.
- A Presidential Aspirant not allowed to use more than KSHS. 5B in their campaigns.
- A Governor Aspirant not to use more than KSHS 200M in their campaigns dependent on respective regions.
- MP aspirants not to use more than 33M in campaigns (IEBC) but will also depend with the region.
- Elections to be held on 9th August 2022. IEBC 2022 POLITICAL CALENDAR
- We still have about 13 Months to conduct the Kenya General Election.
- We look forward for a free, fair and peaceful Elections across the Republic of Kenya.
- Let the electorate start analyzing and vetting persons who command the envisaged values and virtues of responsible leaders.
IEBC registers voters and ensure elections run fairly. It educations voters on their rights and responsibilities during elections. IEBC also recommend the creation of new constituencies. Finally it announces the campaign period for by-elections and general elections.
Tupate Viongozi Tuepuke mtindo wa: Bora Viongozi
Schedule of events leading up to the August 2022 General Election.
According to the Gazette Notice published by IEBC on Friday, January 21, 2022, the upcoming General Election will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
Parts III, IV and Regulation 98 and of the Election (General) Regulations, 2012 the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission gives notice that:
- An election of the President of the Republic of Kenya shall be held on Tuesday, 9th August, 2022.
- political Parties shall submit the Party Membership lists to the Commission on or before Saturday, 9th April, 2022.
- political parties intending to present a candidate in the Presidential election shall submit the names of persons contesting in the party primaries, the date and venues of the primaries on or before Saturday, 9th April, 2022 being 21 days before the nomination day.
- The Commission shall publish, in the Gazette the names of the persons contesting in a party primary and the date of the party primary within seven (7) days of receipt of the names of the candidates.
- A political party intending to present a Presidential candidate in this election shall conduct its primaries and resolve intraparty disputes on or before Friday, 22nd April, 2022.
- A political party intending to present a Presidential candidate through direct nominations or party primaries shall submit the name of the person nominated to contest in the election to the Commission on or before Thursday, 28th April, 2022.
- Candidates intending to participate in the election as independent candidates shall not be members of any registered political party by Monday, 2nd May, 2022 being at least 3 months before the General Election.
- Candidates intending to participate in this election as independent candidates shall submit their names and symbols that they intend to use during the election to the Commission on or before Monday, 2nd May, 2022.
- The Commission shall publish in the Gazette, the names and symbols of persons intending to contest in the election as independent candidates at least fourteen (14) days before the nomination day being on or before Friday, 13th May, 2022.
- A public officer who intends to contest in the General Election shall resign from public office within six (6) months before the date of Election being on or before Wednesday, 9th February, 2022.
- Candidates intending to participate in the Presidential election shall deliver to the Commission a list bearing the names, respective signatures, identity cards or passport numbers of at least 2000 voters registered in each of a majority of the counties on or before Monday, 23rd May, 2022.
- The days for the nomination of political party candidates and Independent candidates for the Presidential Election shall be between Sunday, 29th May, 2022 and Monday, 6th June, 2022.
The nomination papers shall be delivered by the candidates, to the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission between the hours of eight O’clock in the morning and one O’clock in the afternoon and between the hours of two O’clock and four O’clock in the afternoon at a place designated by the Commission.
- Disputes relating to or arising from nominations shall be determined within ten (10) days of the lodging of the dispute with the Commission. The lodging of the dispute shall not be later than Thursday, 9th June, 2022.
- The campaign period for purposes of the 9th August, 2022 General Election shall commence on Sunday, 29th May, 2022 and cease on Saturday, 6th August, 2022 being 48 hours before the General Election Day.
- The Campaign time shall run from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. during the campaign period.
- political parties and candidates shall appoint and submit to the Commission the names of the National and Constituency Chief Election Agents to the Commission on or before Monday, 25th July, 2022.
- If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Tuesday, 9th August, 2022
Protecting integrity and accountability in Kenya’s elections
On Friday, January 21, 2022, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officially gazetted Tuesday, August 9, 2022 as the date of the third General Election under the Constitution of Kenya, 2010. In releasing the elections calendar the IEBC sought to assure Kenyans that the up-coming General Election would be free, fair and credible as required by the Constitution.
In the run-up to the 2022 General Elections, we, The Angaza Movement (TAM), a national and grassroots collective of active citizens and Civil Society Organisations, are deeply concerned about the state of preparedness among critical institutions charged with the management of elections, their capture by various State and sectarian interests, and the entrenched culture of impunity.
Every election in Kenya has been bungled since 2007. Kenya is still burdened by unresolved putative elections, which has deeply undermined public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process. The underwhelming performance of the IEBC in the ongoing registration of voters, compounded with a perennially problematic voters register does not inspire confidence that the election will be free, fair or credible. We are deeply concerned that IEBC has deliberately refused to learn from the dismal performance of the Enhanced Voter Registration last year. There is no evidence that it has engaged the National Registration Bureau to satisfy itself that the delayed release of identification documents is not suppressing voter registration. Voter registration is being carried out in the absence of civic education and awareness and bottlenecks in accessing identity documentation could deny citizens their political rights.
The IEBC has papered over many of the legal and administrative changes the Supreme Court ordered in 2017 after nullifying the presidential election results on account of glaring illegalities and irregularities. The IEBC is hollowed out, and bereft of institutional memory because of unfilled vacancies in the commission and the secretariat. Many of the individuals who left the electoral management body in disgrace have been rewarded with appointments to sensitive positions that could affect the conduct of elections.
The arrant refusal by the state to adequately and timeously fund the electoral management body, inordinate delays in effecting appointments and last-minute changes to the law undoubtedly destabilise the context in which elections will be held.
The government has frustrated the electoral management body including denying the opportunity for any auxiliary elections funding from other development partners.
The fragile security around the country, characterised by incidents of violence in Baringo, Laikipia and Lamu counties and headlined regularly by extra-judicial executions, forced disappearances and a general breakdown in police discipline signal that the window for delivering a credible, free and fair election is shutting. Past elections have been determined by the use of violence against women and other vulnerable groups, with no accountability for sexual and gender-based crimes. SGBV has become a defining feature of political violence employed to curtail women’s participation in the country’s governance. There can be no free or fair election in a violent environment ring-fenced by impunity.
The IEBC, political parties, the legislature and the Executive continue to defy the Constitution and the courts to promote the inclusion of women, youth and persons living with disabilities. An election held in such a context cannot be said to be free, fair or credible.
The IEBC and other state agencies have deliberately refused to uphold and enforce obligatory integrity standards. It has failed or refused to underwrite democracy in political parties, which are publicly funded, by requiring them to meet the constitutional requirements of transparency and accountability in their political processes. IEBC and other institutions have bowed to political interests that suppress the good of the people, their safety, security and democracy.
The Angaza Movement believes that Kenya has the capacity to conduct free and fair elections. Chapter Six of the Constitution defines the standards for leadership and integrity. We are calling on every Kenyan citizen to do that which the IEBC and other state institutions have failed to do: Put integrity at the head of this election.
Mombasa, January 27, 2022.
The Angaza Movement.
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