Citizen TV News Anchor Lillian Muli on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, dismissed reports that have since gone viral on her purported interest in the Machakos Senatorial seat.
The reports were fuelled by a fake poster purported that the Citizen TV news anchor was to vie for the vacant Machakos Senatorial seat under a Wiper Party ticket.
Muli took to her social media page to upload the poster, informing members of the public that it was a fake.
Lilian Muli in the Citizen TV studios.CITIZEN DIGITAL
“My name has double L so obviously this is a fake poster. Ignore!” Muli stated. She further urged whoever is responsible for the posters to put an end to it.
This comes after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) gazetted on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, as the of the Machakos County Senate by-election.
The Machakos Senate seat was declared vacant by Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka on December 23 following the untimely demise of former senator Boniface Kabaka.
In a gazette notice released December 29, 2020, IEBC urged interested parties to avail their particulars at designated IEBC offices.
“Each political party intending to participate in the by-election shall submit the names of the persons contesting in a party primary and the date of the party primary on or before Monday, 4th January 2021,” the notice reads in part.
IEBC further advised that public officers intending to contest the elections resign from public office within seven days of the declaration of the vacancy by the Senate speaker.
The commission stated that political parties intending to present candidates in this election shall after its primaries resolve all intra-party disputes and submit the list of persons nominated to contest in this election to the Commission on or before Monday, January 18, 2021.
“Political parties intending to present candidates in this election through direct nominations shall submit the list of persons nominated to contest in this election to the Commission on or before Monday, 18th January, 2021,” the IEBC statement reads in part.
“Candidates intending to participate in this election as independent candidates shall submit their names and symbols that they intend to use during the by-election for purposes of the nomination of independent candidates to the Commission on or before Monday, 4th January, 2021,” it adds.
IEBC will publish in the Gazette, the names and symbols of persons intending to contest in the election as independent candidates at least fourteen (14) days before the nomination day.
“The days for the nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the by-election shall be on Monday, 25th January 2021 and Tuesday, 26th January 2021 and the nomination papers shall be delivered by the candidates to the respective Returning Officer between the hours of eight o’clock in the morning and one o’clock in the afternoon and between the hours of two o’clock and four o’clock in the afternoon at the place designated by the Commission,” IEBC stated.
The commission advised that the campaign period for the by-election shall commence on Monday, January 25, 2021, and cease on Saturday, March 20, 2021, 48 hours before the by-election day.
A fake poster of Lillian Muli that circulated online on December 29, 2020.INSTAGRAM