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Civil servants eyeing seats told to resign

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Civil servants who intend to vie for elective positions in the next elections have three weeks to resign from their current positions.The electoral commission issued the notice in a statement on its web site as it set upon establishing a committee to ensure political parties and aspirants do not engage in fund-raising, whose deadline was Thursday last week.The two are some of the truths that are starting to come home following the enactment of strict electoral rules aimed at ridding the political field of practices that often tilt the contest in favour of some political parties and individuals.The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has set January 14, 2012 as the last day civil servants should hold their offices, if the elections are to held on August 14, 2012.“Section 43(5) of the Elections Act requires that any public officer who intends to contest an election to resign from public office at least seven months before the date of election,” says the statement.The requirement, however, does not affect President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, ministers, mayors and councillors who are categorised as public officers..Click here