By L.Mwashighadi/V. Muyakane
A week after Kericho senator Charles Keter and Malindi Member of parliament Dan Kazungu were sworn in as the Energy and Mining Cabinet Secretaries respectively, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has fixed Monday 7th of March as the by election date for the two vacant seats.
Voters in Kericho County will be going to the polls to pick their senator while voters in Malindi in Kilifi will elect their Member of Parliament.
In a statement sent to the Channel One newsroom, IEBC Chairperson Isaack Hassan said political parties are required to finalize party primaries and intra-party dispute resolutions on or before Friday 22nd January, 2016.
Presentation of nomination papers to the IEBC will be done on 8th – 9th February, 2016 between 8am and 4pm.
The National Assembly and Presidential Elections Act says a by-election will be conducted within three months of the occurrence of the vacancy, provided there is no court order challenging it.
The poll body announcement comes hours after House Speakers Justin Muturi and Ekwee Ethuro issued writs declaring the Malindi Constituency parliamentary seat and the Kericho County Senate seat vacant.
In a special gazette notice, the Speakers cleared the way for the poll body to declare a date for the by-elections.
The Kericho County Senate seat fell vacant after Charles Keter resigned following his appointment to the Energy and Petroleum docket in the Cabinet.
Dan Kazungu quit his Malindi parliamentary seat after he was appointed to the Mining docket.
The two elections are expected to be held on the same day next year. The law stipulates that by-elections be conducted within three months of occurrence of a vacancy unless there is a court order in place challenging it.