The Constitution of Kenya 2010 in recognising the importance of presidential candidates' security has a directive on what is to take place in case of death.
Article 38(8)(b) shows that the death of a candidate for election as President or Deputy President on or before the scheduled election date is one of the reasons that would lead to the cancellation of the presidential election.
The other situation that can lead to the cancellation of an already planned presidential election is when no person is nominated as a candidate at the expiry of the period set for the delivery of nominations.
The third circumstance that would lead to the cancellation of the elections is when a candidate who would have been entitled to be declared elected as President dies before being declared.
Once the already planned presidential election is cancelled due to any of the circumstances, a new presidential election shall be held within 60 days after the date set for the previous presidential election, the Constitution states.
This means that in the case of Kenya’s elections, the other electoral offices shall not be affected by the cancellation of the presidential elections.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) rejected the applications of the five presidential aspirants, trimming down a list of 16 presidential hopefuls to just two who have been cleared.
As of Friday, only Roots Party presidential candidate Prof George Wajackoyah and Umoja Summit Party’s Walter Mong’are had been cleared.
Later, Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga were also cleared.