IEBC requirements and key timelines ahead of 2022 General Elections

IEBC requirements and key timelines ahead of 2022 General Elections

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  • Even though the big day lies nine months away, there are crucial events leading up to the General Elections that politicians as well as Kenyans need to keep track of.
  • These planed events by IEBC are of vital importance to next year’s polls and they will ensure the process runs like clockwork.

All eyes will be on Kenya on August 9, 2022 as Kenyans take to the polls to elect their next batch of leaders, among them President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor following his 10-year spell in office.

Even though the big day lies nine months away, there are crucial events leading up to the General Elections that politicians as well as Kenyans need to keep track of.

These planed events by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are of vital importance to next year’s polls and they will ensure the process runs like clockwork.

Below are the activities and important dates you need to keep your eyes on ahead of the showdown:

Fundraising by political aspirants

All aspiring political candidates are supposed to conclude their fundraising activities by December 9, 2021.

Regulation of Public Officers

According to the IEBC activities to regulate public officers should be concluded by February 9, 2022.

Notice of General Election

On March 14, 2022 the IEBC will issue a notice to alert Kenyans on the planned election date slated for August 9, 2022.

Appointment of Returning Officers and Deputy Returning Officers

By April 22, 2021 the elections authority should have completed the registration of Returning Officers and Deputy Returning Officers mandated to oversee the elections in different parts of the country.

Political party primaries and nominations

This activity is slated to begin on April 16, 2022 and conclude on April 22, 2022.

Resignation of persons intending to contest as independents

Persons intending to vie for political seats as independent parties should resign from their current political camps on or before May 9, 2022.

Nomination for Presidential election

Parties should have a clear presidential flag bearer by June 10, 2022. They will have from May 30, 2022 to decide on their candidate.  

Nominations for Senate elections 

Parties should conclude senate nominations by June 2, 2022. The process begins on May 30, 2022.

Nominations for National Assembly elections

This will also begin on May 30, 2022 and conclude on June 1, 2022.

Nominations for MCA elections

Political parties should reveal their MCA nominees on June 10, 2022. They will have from June 2, 2022 to do so.

Woman Representative nominations

This will commence on June 3 and end on June 6 next year.

Gubernatorial nominations

This activity is slated to begin on June 7, 2022 and end on June 10, 2022.

Gazette of polling and tallying centres

In the period between June 20 and June 24, 2022, the IEBC will gazette a notice highlighting the designated polling and tallying centres that will be used to vote in different parts of Kenya.

Elections

The General Elections will take place on August 9, 2022.

Gazettement of election results

The final part of the election process will be done between August 15 and August 28, 2022.