Saturday, the 19th of January 2013 –The Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission early today released a statement warning aspirants and political parties that any nomination exercises that spills over into Saturday are illegal and their results will not be recognized by the commission.
The statement from the IEBC’s head of Communications and Corporate AffairsTabitha Mutemi reminded the parties and aspirants that the law requires that ‘Political parties shall nominate their candidates for an election at least 45 days before the general election which is 18th January, 2013 as stipulated in section 13 of the Elections Act.”“The Commission therefore wishes to notify members of the political parties that party nominations ended midnight last night and any nominations ongoing are illegal and against the Elections Act as per the Kenya Gazette Notice Vol. CXIV- No. 132 of 28th December 2012. Any party conducting any primaries is violating the law and the Commission will not accept those results,” added Mutemi.
Mutemi also warned political parties that the IEBC has officials and police officers on the ground to catch those who are intent on breaking the law on nominations with 13th hour nomination exercises and defections;
“The police have been notified and are on high alert to investigate those violating the law. The IEBC election officials are also on the ground and monitoring any electoral malpractices.”“Subsequently, any person who has not been nominated following party primaries as at midnight last night is disqualified and cannot move to another party for a nomination certificate.”
The Kenyan DAILY POST