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Kibaki's successor to be sworn in on March 26
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:21:34 CST by kwpnews

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NAIROBI (KBC) - Kenya's next president will be sworn in on March 26, three weeks after the General Election this is according to a schedule released by the government Friday.



This will only happen if there is a clear winner in the first round of voting. In the event of a second round of voting, the president-elect will take the oath of office on April 30 and in case there is a petition and it is dismissed, the swearing in will take place on April 16.

Speaking  on the status of Kenya's preparedness for the upcoming General election, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President and Secretary to the Cabinet Mr. Francis Kimemia stated that the president-elect shall be sworn in public and that all other elected leaders will be sworn in immediately after being declared winners.

The guidelines further states that the president will be declared duly elected if he or she garners 50 plus one of the total votes cast and at least 25 per cent of the votes in half of the 47 Counties.

"If no candidates receives more than half of the votes cast in the lection and at least 25% of the vote cast in each of more than half of the counties a fresh election shall be held within 30 days. In this case the run-off will be between number 1 and number 2 and the candidate who eceives the most votes in the fresh election will be declared elected as president."

The incumbent President will remain in office until a new president is sworn in to ensure there is no poor vacuum and a smooth transition is in place.

Kimemia said the government had learnt from past mistakes and made plans to ensure a peaceful and well organized transition based on the new constitutional provisions.

He said an inter-ministerial committee had been put in place to oversee security and logistics, budget, legal and entertainment issues and was quick to add that the government would do everything possible to ensure that the elections would be conducted within the approved budget to avoid overstretching the tax payers' money.

Kimemia noted that March 4 was a national holiday which allowed for all ministries and affected learning institutions to dedicate their facilities and logistical support to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Kimemia reiterated the government's commitment to upholding media freedom but expressed concern over unnamed vernacular stations and some Kenyans in the diaspora who were using the social media in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace.

"I have directed the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) to take severe action on any station found to be in breach of the law or undermining peace," he said adding that the PS Information had already lodged a complaint with the Media Council of Kenya on the issue.

On the security of presidential aspirants and their running mates, Inspector general of police David Kimayio said adequate security has already been provided to all presidential aspirants and their running mates after their names were cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The presidential aspirants include: Deputy Prime Ministers Uhuru Kenyatta (Jubilee), Prime Minister Raila Odinga (Cord),Musalia Mudavadi (Amani), Mohamed Abduda Dida (ARK), Martha Karua (Narc Kenya), Peter Kenneth (Eagle), James ole Kiyiapi (RBK) and Paul Muite (Safina).

Their respective running mates are: Kalonzo Musyoka (Cord), William Ruto (Jubilee), Jeremiah Kioni (Amani), Augustine Lotodo (Narc Kenya), Ronnie Osumba (Eagle), Winnie Kaburu Kinyua (RBK), Shem Ochuodho (Safina) and Joshua Odongo Onono (ARK).

He said police will take firm action against those who intent to interfere with the exercise.

"We are going to be very firm on the ground and ensure that anyone who is involved in criminal activities will be dealt with in accordance with the law."he said.
 
 


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