The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission- IEBC – has announced that the official campaign period for the October 17th presidential polls kicks off Wednesday and ends on 15th of October 2017.
The fresh polls have been occasioned by the nullification of the August 8th polls by the Justice David Maraga led Supreme Court.
The gazettement of the repeat presidential election date by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission identified only two presidential candidates Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga and their running mates William Ruto and Kalonzo Musyoka respectively.
The fate of the Third Alliance party presidential hopeful Ekuro Aukot however seems to have been sealed.
Aukot had pledged to file a petition Tuesday at the Supreme Court challenging his exclusion in the repeat election. IEBC through the gazette notice says there will be no party nominations for the fresh election.
The electoral body has in the meantime asked the political parties participating the election, to avail names of their agents at all levels of election to the commission on or before 2nd October 2017.
On Friday 1st September the Supreme Court nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto and ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to organize another Presidential election within 60 days.
In a majority ruling read by Chief Justice David Maraga, the Supreme Court said it was satisfied that the election was not conducted in accordance with the constitution.
Maraga said they were satisfied that “The 1st respondent committed irregularities and illegalities in the areas of the transmission of the results.” And that those irregularities affected the integrity of the entire Presidential election.
He quashed the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as President elect declaring it null and void arguing that he was not validly elected.