By Judith Gicobi
The list of Members of Parliament (MPs), Senators, Women Representatives, Youth Representatives, and Persons with Disabilities nominated by political parties has been published in the Gazette by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The overall number of nominees for the 32 seats is made up of 18 representatives from the Kenya Kwanza Alliance, led by President-elect William Ruto, and 14 from Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja One Kenya.
“Each candidate reflects the appropriate number of qualified candidates and alternates between male and female, save for the women candidates under Article 98 (1) (b) of the Constitution, in priority in which they were listed,” IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said in the gazette notice.
“The seats referred to in the schedules have been allocated in proportion to the total number of seats won by the candidates of the political party at the general election held on the 9th August, 2022.”
Sabina Chege (Jubilee) and John Mbadi (ODM) are some of the five Azimio members out of a total of 16 who have been nominated for the National Assembly; the Wiper party’s seat has still not been assigned as a result of a temporary court injunction.
Jackson Kipkemoi Kosgei of the UDA, Teresia Wanjiru Mwangi, Abdisirat Khalif Ali, Abdisirat Khalif Ali, Abdisirat Khalif Ali, and Suleka Hulbale Harun of the ANC are among the Kenya Kwanza candidates for the National Assembly.
On the other hand, Azimio’s nominations are Margaret Kamar of Jubilee, Shakila Abdalla of Wiper, Catherine Mumma of ODM, Beatrice Akinyi Oyomo, Hamida Ali Kibwana, Betty Batuli Montet, and Beth Kalunda Syengo.
Hezena Lemaletian was chosen by the Odinga-led ODM party to represent youth in the Senate, while Raphael Chimera Mwinzangu was chosen by Ruto’s UDA.
While George Mungai Mbugua takes over UDA’s seat, musician Crystal Asige will represent people with disabilities in the Senate on an ODM ticket.