The Independent and Electoral Commission has announced that by-elections in Garissa Township and Kandara constituency, and Elgeyo Marakwet senate have been slated for January 5, 2023 following the appointment of Aden Duale, Alice Wahome and Kipchumba Murkomen to the Cabinet.
This is after the declaration of the seats vacant by the Speakers of the National Assembly Moses Wetang’ula and his Senate counterpart Amason Kingi after the cabinet secretaries resigned from their legislative roles.
IEBC has also announced that the by-elections for the MCA seat for Shella Ward, Lamu County are set for the same date.
The electoral commission has hence asked political parties intending to take part in the by-elections to submit the names of the candidates participating in the party nominations and date of the party primaries on or before Monday, November 14.
Dozens of aspirants, especially those who lost in the August elections have already expressed their interest in the succession of the trio.
In Elgeyo-Marakwet, the seat has attracted almost 30 aspirants while Kandara has 22 aspirants seeking to throw their hat in the ring for the position. Garrisa has recorded a low number of aspirants, with only four seeking to succeed Duale.
Among notable figures in the Elgeyo-Marakwet race include human rights activist Jerotich Seii and Real Estate Developer Tim Kipchumba. In Kandara , Chege Njuguna, who was Ms Wahome close competitor as well as popular Kikuyu radio host Waithira Muithirania are among those eyeing the position.
In Garissa Township, Abdi Nasir Dolal alias Jofle of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Abdullahi Gabane (UPIA) have declared interest to succeed Duale.