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Key Dates To Note Ahead Of August Elections

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The countdown to the general elections is always met with an intensifying atmosphere and with 87 days to the August 9 polls, the mad rush begins for political parties and their candidates to beat deadlines of procedures and regulations they must undertake before the big day.

The timelines will also inform the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on what steps to undertake, ranging from the days leading up to the election to the election itself and post-election.

The commission however has had one of its directives hit a bump, the two-thirds gender rule directive. A lawsuit was filed at the High Court which led to the court itself stopping the implementation of its directive to all political parties and candidates participating in the polls.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati during the signing of an MoU with journalists and editors on March 4, 2022. /IEBC

The Commission on Friday, May 13 engaged political parties through the Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC), with support from the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) led by, Anne Nderitu, and informed them of the August Election preparedness. This is a special meeting between the referees, coach and players.

On the timelines, the IEBC has done several activities and whenever political parties have issues with timelines, they are invited to engage the Commission early enough to be able to deliberate and agree on the way forward.

To that end, the commission, under chairperson Wafula Chebukati has published the following key dates as the election season’s temperatures go higher.

Key IEBC Election Timelines

Monday, May 16: Parties to submit names of presidential candidates and their running mates, gubernatorial also to submit names of their running mates to IEBC.

Sunday, May 22: IEBC to review Polling Stations and Tallying Centres at different levels.

Monday, May 23: The deadline announced by Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera to political parties that Presidential Candidates need to submit lists of 2,000 supporters from at least 24 Counties to the National Returning Officer. Registration of candidates will run from Sunday, May 29 to Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Friday, May 27: The electoral body will conduct the recruitment of Election Officials starting with Presiding Officers(POs), Deputy Presiding Officers (DPOs), and clerks.

Monday, May 30: The campaign period commences, and ends on Saturday, August 6, 48 hours before the general elections.

Friday, June 10: IEBC to share the list of successful candidates with political parties and stakeholders.

Friday, June 24: IEBC to receive consideration of political parties and other stakeholders’ comments.

Friday, June 24: IEBC to Gazette Polling Stations and Tallying Centers.

Monday, July 25: Appointment of Constituency and County Chief Agents by political parties.

Monday, August 1: IEBC to publish the final list of successful candidates (POs, DPOs, and Clerks). On the same day, IEBC to display poll registers at polling stations.

Friday, August 5: Training and administration of the oath of the security agents to be conducted. IEBC to also inspect polling stations and test transmission of results.

Saturday, August 6: Preparations and execution of cascaded training of elections officials.

Monday, August 8: Deployment of polling station personnel, materials, and The Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS).

Tuesday, August 9: The opening of polling stations from 6.00 am – 5.00 pm.

An image of IEBC officials at work during a past election. /THE CONVERSATION

Wednesday, August 10: Counting, tallying, and announcement of results at polling stations. Electronic transmission of Presidential results from polling stations to begin the same day.

Friday, August 12: Collection and announcement of Presidential results at the constituency level.

Monday, August 15: Tallying, verification, announcement, and declaration of Presidential results at National Tallying Centre. Collation, announcement, and declaration of all other results.

Sunday, August 28: Scanning and publication of results forms before the official gazettement.

NB: IEBC may make changes to some of the election timelines. The election date however remains on Tuesday, August 9.

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