National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has given the electoral commission leeway to prepare for and conduct the Matungu Constituency by-election following the death of MP Justus Murunga.
In writs issued in a special Gazette notice of December 4, 2020, Speaker Muturi officially declared the seat vacant.
“In pursuance of the provisions of the Elections Act, I command you that due notice being given, you do cause an election to be held according to the law of a member to serve in the National Assembly for the said constituency.” Muturi declared via the Gazette notice.
Speaker Muturi’s declaration is in conjunction with Article 101 (2) of the Elections Act of 2011 that requires Speakers of the National Assembly and Senate to notify the electoral commission through writing in case a seat of an elected legislator falls vacant. Following the notice issued by Muturi, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been given leeway to prepare and carry out Matungu Constituency by 4th March 2021
Besides, the Speaker’s declaration gives IEBC a 90-day ultimatum to carry out the entire by-election process including the necessary preparations as well as announcing the mini election date. As per the constitution, interested aspirants are expected to present the required documents for IEBC’s verification as well as get cleared by various government regulatory agencies.
MP Murunga died on November 14 and was to be buried two weeks later but Agnes Wangui Wambiri, who claimed to be his wife, successfully petitioned the court to stop any arrangements until she was fully involved.