On Thursday, January 5th, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) reports that it is prepared to hold by-elections in the areas of Kandara, Garissa Township, Elgeyo Marakwet, and Shella in Lamu County.
Cabinet appointments caused the by-elections for the two parliamentary seats and one senate post.
Two months of intense campaigning have come to an end for candidates in the Kandara and Garissa Township constituencies and the Elgeyo-Marakwet Senatorial race.
Six candidates are vying to replace former senator Kipchumba Murkomen in Elgeyo Marakwet County after he was promoted to the cabinet.
Two candidates are running as independents, and four are backed by major political parties.
Among the contenders are former Marakwet West MP William Kisang (UDA), Timothy Tanui (The New Democrats), and human rights advocate Jerotich Seii (Safina).
Eight candidates have entered the race to succeed Alice Muthoni Wahome in Kandara, with five representing political parties and three running as independents.
Kibiru PMG Junior (Usawa Kwa Wote party), Samuel Kioi (The new Democrats party), and Tutus Njau (UDA party) are just a few of the candidates that will be competing alongside UDA party leader Chege Njuguna.
Six candidates are running to replace Aden Duale, who was elected for a fourth term in the Garissa township seat but was subsequently appointed to the cabinet.
The contenders are Abdifaisal Amin (ODM), Nassir Mohamed Dolal alias Jofle (UDM), and Mohamed Barrow Dekow (UDA).
Shella Ward in Lamu County will also be holding a by-election.