15 aspirants have been cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to participate in the Machakos Senatorial by-election nominations ahead of the minipolls scheduled for March 18th.
Speaking to Mauvoo News, Machakos County IEBC returning officer Joyce Wamalwa noted that the aspirants who included 2 women and 13 men with 6 of them being independent candidates would now be subjected to a nomination process.
“I am the returning officer for the March 18th senatorial by-election in Machakos County and so far we have received 15 candidates who have shown interest in this coming by-election and we have scheduled them to submit their documents for nomination on Monday 25th January and Tuesday 26th January from 8.00 a.m,” Joyce Wamalwa said.
Aspirants scheduled to present their documents on Monday 25th to the IEBC for clearance include Independent Candidates Munyambu Francis Musembi, Nthama Sebastian Nzau, Maweu Jonathan Makenzi, Muli Lazarus Muoki, and Ndonye Gilbert Mutua.
Others who have been scheduled for the same day are Kitheka Simeon Kioko(Grand Dream Development Party), Dr. Musingi K. John ( Muungano Party), Muindi Stanley( Party of Economic Democracy), and Urbanus Mutunga Muthama of United Democratic Alliance(UDA).
On Tuesday 26th those slated to present nomination documents include Mwanzia Lily Nduku ( Chama Cha Uzalendo), Joseph Mathuki Musyoki (Independent), Katuku John Mutua (Maendeleo Chap Chap), Muia Stephen Kilonzo (Thirdway Alliance), Otto Edward Musembi (Ford Asili) and Agnes Kavindu Muthama(Wiper Democratic Party of Kenya.)
According to IEBC, each aspirant will have 40 minutes to present their papers with the process ending at 3.30 pm and all aspirants are expected to adhere to Covid-19 rules and regulations by the ministry of health.
Wamalwa asked residents to ensure that they conduct peaceful campaigns saying that they had met with the top security officials in the county to ensure that peace is maintained during the campaigns.
Controversy has since arisen concerning Agnes Kavindu’s candidature after it emerged that she was not among the aspirants gazetted by IEBC to take part in the Wiper party primaries. Urbanus Muthama was also gazetted as an independent candidate raising questions if he is able to now ride on UDA ticket.