Writs for Kajiado North, Ndhiwa and Kangema constituencies have been released to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission- IEBC .This has been confirmed by the -Clerk of the national assembly Patrick Gichohi.This now means the IEBC has 14 days to set the date for bi elections in the three constituencies. This comes a day after National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende promised to issue writs for the three constituencies left vacant after deaths of former Environment Minister John Michuki, Internal Security Minister Professor George Saitoti and his assistant Orwa Ojode.
The speaker before refused to declare the three seats vacant because the president had not yet assented to the Miscellaneous Amendments Act 2012 and had instead referred it back to parliament for amendment of controversial sections.
The Elections Act was amended, through the compilation law, to enable Marende to issue writs declaring the three seats vacant paving the way for the by-elections, whose dates IEBC will set within the next 14 days.
AUTHOR: BEN GUMO