The nomination lists of 79 political parties that were submitted to the electoral body for consideration on Friday, July 15 were rejected by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Wafula Chebukati, the chair of the IEBC, stated that after reviewing the party lists, none were in compliance.
“None of the seventy-nine lists submitted was compliant and thus stands a chance of rejection for various reasons,” Chebukati said.
What did the parties fail to do?
Use of party list
Elections for the seats in Parliament designated for members of county assemblies under 177(1)(b) and (c) shall be conducted in accordance with Article90(1) on the basis of proportional representation through the use of party lists.
Elections for the seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate are covered by Articles 97(1)(c) and 98(b)(c), whereas Articles 177(1)(b) and (c) mandate proportional representation for county assembly members.
Youth, PWD, and workers’ representatives
There are twelve seats in the National Assembly that can be filled by nominations from workers, youth, and people with disabilities.
In the Senate, 16 women are eligible for nomination, along with two youth representatives (one male and one female) and two representatives for people with disabilities (one male and one female).
Gender top up
The nominations for county assemblies include a representative from each assembly’s gender top-up category as well as a representation from marginalized groups, such as young people and people with disabilities.
United Democratic Alliance (UDA) submitted Laikipia Woman Representatives Cate Waruguru and Starehe MP Charles Kanyi’s nomination to the National Assembly.
The UDA list also includes the secretary general Veronica Maina, the Bomet Woman Representative Joyce Korir, Karen Nyamu, and the senatorial candidates Peris Tobiko and Soipan Tuya.
John Mbadi, Catherine Mumma, Beth Syengo, Rosemary Wanjiku, Sunjeev Birdi, and Florence Mutua were all proposed by Raila Odinga’s ODM for the National Assembly and the Senate, respectively.
The ANC of Musalia Mudavadi nominated MP Petronila Were, Salim Busaidy, and Charles Matoke for the National Assembly in addition to its secretary general, Simon Mwangi Kamau.
Wiper nominated MP Sylvia Kasanga for the Senate along with its secretary general Shakila Abdalla.