In Summary
  • On December 21, 2018, the Supreme Court nullified the victories of MPs Christopher Karan (Ugenya) and Julius Mawathe (Embakasi South) on grounds that they were not validly elected.

The by-elections for Embakasi South and Ugenya constituencies will be held on April 5 following the announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati.

The notice, published in the Gazette on Friday, also wants public officers intending to contest in the by-elections to resign from office within seven days following the declaration of the vacancies on January 7 by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.

Consequently, the commission has set aside February 4 and 5, as dates when parties will conduct their nomination exercise and appointed its returning and deputy returning officers for the by- elections.

On December 21, 2018, the Supreme Court nullified the victories of MPs Christopher Karan (Ugenya) and Julius Mawathe (Embakasi South) on grounds that they were not validly elected.

Former Ugenya MP David Ochieng’ challenged the victory of Mr Karan while former Embakasi South MP Irshad Sumra petitioned against Mr Mawathe’s election.

Earlier in the week, it had emerged that Mr Chebukati and Commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye, who met on Monday at IEBC's headquarters in Anniversary Towers to set the dates for the by-elections after receiving notifications from National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi, had disagreed on the date.

“The commissioners agreed to hold subsequent deliberations before announcing the date,” a source at the IEBC told Nation in confidence.

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