The IEBC has opened a window for aspirants who lose at the primaries to run as independent candidates. On March 17, the commission published notices in the Kenya Gazette for the six levels of election - President, senator, MP, woman representative, governor and MCA - and listed the deadlines candidates must meet.
Parties are to complete their primaries for all seats by April 26, while independent candidates should present their names by May 10. “Candidates intending to participate in the General Election as independent candidates should not be members of any political party by May 8, 2017, being three months before the election,” the notice reads.
Aspirants who lose at the primaries have 12 days to resign from their parties and run as independent candidates.
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