Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has officially gazetted that the 2022 general elections will have to take place on August 9th as provided in the constituency.
Through a gazette notice on Monday, August 9, 2021, the commission also published financial limits for candidates seeking various elective seats in next year’s General Election in accordance with the Campaign Financing Act.
The commission also set presidential campaigns spending to Ksh. 4.4B.
The IEBC’s notice came at a time when Kenyans have been speculating a possible postponement of the general elections depending on the BBI ruling which is set to be made on 20th August this month.
While some have been alleging that the BBI must first pass prior to the general elections, it seems Chebukati may have just dealt president Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga a huge blow by maintaining that the election will have to take place irregardless of how the BBI ruling goes.
Raila Odinga who has been insisting on Referendum before elections may be more affected by Chebukati’s decision that elections must just go on as enshrined in the constitution.
Various political analysts have in the past opined that the opposition leader will be the greatest loser if the BBI does not go through since he was to ride on its wave towards his fifth stab at the presidency.