Women vying for elective seats across the country are set to get free legal services should they decide to petition against the August 8 General Election results thanks to the Federation of women Lawyers (FIDA).

There are nine women in gubernatorial race while 102 and 440 candidates are vying for parliamentary and Members of County Assembly seats respectively countrywide respectively.

FIDA chairperson Josephine Monga is said the federation is closely working with IEBC and the Police to ensure all candidates access justice.

She was speaking in Nairobi at a consultative forum on elections petitions where she also asked the electoral body and police to ensure safety of women during the ongoing campaigns.

Police spokesman Charles Owino confirmed that female candidates were being provided with armed police officers to guard them during their campaigns and their homes where necessary, depending on an individual’s security threat.

Registrar of Political Parties’ representative Phause Nyakora said they have put in place mechanisms to ensure that women aspirants are not harassed and to ensure that the platform for election is free and fair.

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“There are county monitors in all counties to ensure that women are elected in a proper manner into office,” Nyakora said.

IEBC’s legal and public affairs director Praxedes Tororey assured the aspirants that their names will appear on the ballot papers.

She added that aspirants should adhere to the electoral code of conduct to avoid being disqualified from vying for various political seats.


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