Kenya: Death of Any Presidential Candidate or Running Mate Can Postpone Elections By 60 Days

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Nairobi — With the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) expected to Gazette qualified presidential candidates, a safety concern is lingering as the demise of any of them or their running mates may lead to the postponement of the poll slated for August 9.

So far only 44 presidential aspirants are seeking to be cleared by the polls agency, in the exercise that begins on Sunday to June 7.

The Constitution stipulates that the presidential election will be postponed by 60 days in the event of any death.

Article 138 (8) of the constitution stipulates that, “A presidential election shall be cancelled and a new election held if a candidate for election as president or deputy president dies, on or before the scheduled election date.”

The matter of the aspirant’s security was also raised in the National Assembly by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwah who demanded that the House Speaker Justin Muturi directs the relevant House Committee to meet with the Inspector General of Police to review security plans in place.

“I have no fear of contradiction in saying that we are looking at a lurking danger. It is imperative that as early as now, either the Assumption to the Office of the President Committee or the relevant Committee of this House engages the IEBC especially on the security measures that are being put in place to ensure that each of the presidential candidates, especially the 46 independent presidential candidates and their running mates, is secured,” he said.

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Muturi however, poured cold water on the matter and instead advised Ichung’wah that a candidate and the running mate be assigned State Security Detail after they are cleared by the IEBC.