The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Tuesday declared Abdulkadir Mohamed, popularly known as Abdul Haji, as the duly elected Senator for Garissa County.
The electoral agency’s decision to declare Haji the winner was arrived at after no other candidate expressed interest in the seat, leaving him as the sole competitor in the race to succeed his father, Yusuf Haji, who passed on on the 15th of February this year.
“In the exercise of powers conferred by Articles 88(4) and 98(1) of the constitution of Kenya…… the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission makes a declaration of no contest and declares the person listed DULY ELECTED as Senator Garissa County,” IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati stated while gazetting Haji as the new Senator.
Political parties had been given until 30th March 2021 to nominate candidates for the seat, and only Addulkadir Mohamed of the ruling Jubilee Party showed up at the Anniversary Towers to file his nomination.
Community leaders, elders and professionals from Garissa County had endorsed Abdulkadir Mohamed for the position as a show of honour and respect to his late father.
Haji will take the Oath of Office as soon as Senate reconvenes, officially assuming the role of a legislator.