IEBC releases 2022 General Election calendar

Schedule of events leading up to the August 2022 General Election.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has announced the date for the upcoming General Election as well as schedule of events.

According to the Gazette Notice published by IEBC on Friday, January 21, 2022, the upcoming General Election will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

Parts III, IV and Regulation 98 and of the Election (General) Regulations, 2012 the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission gives notice that:

(a) An election of the President of the Republic of Kenya shall be held on Tuesday, 9th August, 2022.

(b) political Parties shall submit the Party Membership lists to the Commission on or before Saturday, 9th April, 2022.

(c) political parties intending to present a candidate in the Presidential election shall submit the names of persons contesting in the party primaries, the date and venues of the primaries on or before Saturday, 9th April, 2022 being 21 days before the nomination day.

(d) The Commission shall publish, in the Gazette the names of the persons contesting in a party primary and the date of the party primary within seven (7) days of receipt of the names of the candidates.

(e) A political party intending to present a Presidential candidate in this election shall conduct its primaries and resolve intraparty disputes on or before Friday, 22nd April, 2022.

(f) A political party intending to present a Presidential candidate through direct nominations or party primaries shall submit the name of the person nominated to contest in the election to the Commission on or before Thursday, 28th April, 2022.

(g) Candidates intending to participate in the election as independent candidates shall not be members of any registered political party by Monday, 2nd May, 2022 being at least 3 months before the General Election.

(h) Candidates intending to participate in this election as independent candidates shall submit their names and symbols that they intend to use during the election to the Commission on or before Monday, 2nd May, 2022.

(i) The Commission shall publish in the Gazette, the names and symbols of persons intending to contest in the election as independent candidates at least fourteen (14) days before the nomination day being on or before Friday, 13th May, 2022.

(j) A public officer who intends to contest in the General Election shall resign from public office within six (6) months before the date of Election being on or before Wednesday, 9th February, 2022.

(k) Candidates intending to participate in the Presidential election shall deliver to the Commission a list bearing the names, respective signatures, identity cards or passport numbers of at least 2000 voters registered in each of a majority of the counties on or before Monday, 23rd May, 2022.

(l) The days for the nomination of political party candidates and Independent candidates for the Presidential Election shall be between Sunday, 29th May, 2022 and Monday, 6th June, 2022.

The nomination papers shall be delivered by the candidates, to the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission between the hours of eight O’clock in the morning and one O’clock in the afternoon and between the hours of two O’clock and four O’clock in the afternoon at a place designated by the Commission.

(m)Disputes relating to or arising from nominations shall be determined within ten (10) days of the lodging of the dispute with the Commission. The lodging of the dispute shall not be later than Thursday, 9th June, 2022.

(n) The campaign period for purposes of the 9th August, 2022 General Election shall commence on Sunday, 29th May, 2022 and cease on Saturday, 6th August, 2022 being 48 hours before the General Election Day.

(o) The Campaign time shall run from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. during the campaign period.

(p) political parties and candidates shall appoint and submit to the Commission the names of the National and Constituency Chief Election Agents to the Commission on or before Monday, 25th July, 2022.

(q) If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Tuesday, 9th August, 2022.

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