Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) eyeing parliamentary, senatorial or gubernatorial seats can now breathe a sigh of relief after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced that they can remain in office until the end of their term in August.
IEBC, while responding to reports that the MCAs eyeing higher political seats should resign by Wednesday, February 9, stated that the Elections Act requires them to resign before handing in their nomination papers.
“The Commission wishes to clarify that according to Article 99(2)(d) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 as read together with Section 43 (5) and (6) of the Elections Act, MCAs who wish to contest as Members of Parliament should resign before submitting their nomination papers to the Returning Officers to contest as a Member of Parliament,” read the EBC statement in part.
In a statement to newsrooms, IEBC chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, explained that the commission will give further directions after the Court of Appeal gives an interpretation on the matter in March.
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