Speaker Muturi concurs with IEBC on MCAs resignation

Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has commended the electoral commission (IEBC) for clarifying the issue of resignation of Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) aspiring for higher elective seats.

Muturi said he had consulted with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and agreed with the position taken by Chairman Wafula Chebukati that MCAs don’t have to resign now but before presenting nomination papers.

Muturi had earlier drawn the attention of MCAs to Section 99 (2a) of the Constitution which requires the county members to quit six months before the General Election.

However, Chebukati came out two days ago to clarify that the Elections Act requires the MCAs to do so by the time of presenting nomination papers.

The only Ward reps required to resign by April 9 are those seeking parliamentary and gubernatorial seats, while those defending their seats can serve their full term.

According to the IEBC elections calendar, party primaries will be conducted between April 16 and 22. Names of candidates to participate in party primaries must have been submitted by April 9.

The Speaker who has declared his intention to vie for the presidency on a DP ticket was speaking Thursday in Githunguri town, Kiambu County, where he held a town hall engagement with grassroots political leaders of the Democratic Party.

Muturi is expected to be endorsed as the presidential flag bearer by about 1,000 Democratic Party delegates from Kiambu County.

Muturi reiterated that presidential aspirants looking for votes in Mt Kenya region should respect the area people.

Muturi said: “They should not just regard the region as a boost for votes, they must respect the people and local political parties. Some have been calling our parties tribal yet they also have parties based in their regions.”

He called on Mt Kenya political leaders to pursue unity rather than lining up for favours from parties based in other regions.
















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