Political Parties have until May 9, 2022 to comply with the two-thirds gender rule by submitting a compliant list for Members of Parliament and Senate failure to which they will not participate in the August polls.
In accordance with a court ruling issued in 2017 in the case of Katiba Institute versus the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has notified, which called for gender parity in the two elective seats.
“Non-compliant political parties will not participate in the 2022 general elections for the said elective seats,” the Commission Chair Wafula Chebukati stated.
Only 48 of the 81 political parties had complied with the gender rule principle for the senate seat, according to the poll body’s figures.
The court ordered that 38 out of 81 political parties comply with the illusive gender principle for constituency race seat
The court order, according to the commission, would be implemented in the nominations list and the August elections.
When it comes to MPs, Chebukati pointed out that no more than 193 individuals of the same gender may be elected in a constituency, as per the constitution.
Chebukati ruled that a party should not run more than 31 candidates of the same gender in a list representing the 47 counties across the country.
Even political parties with fewer members in the 290 constituencies and 47 counties will be subject to the principle.
On April 28th, political parties submitted their candidacy lists in accordance with the deadline.