The ruling Jubilee Party on Wednesday unveiled its candidates for the upcoming Bonchari, Juja and Garissa by-elections.

The party secretary-general Raphael Tuju announced this on Wednesday during the press conference at the Jubilee Party Headquarters, Nairobi.

At the same time, the party handed over a direct ticket to Abdul Yusuf Haji, the son of the late Garissa County Senator Yusuf Haji.

During the address, Tuju said that former MP Zebedeo Opore will flag the party’s flag in Bonchari, a move that he said has nothing to do with the ODM and Jubilee relationship.

The party also awarded the tickets to Susan Waititu who will be flying the party’s flag for the Juja parliamentary seat.

Deputy President William Ruto had declared support for Abdul Yusuf Haji.

He will be seeking to pick from where his father left after his demise on February 15 after a long illness.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission slated the by-elections for Garissa, Bonchari, and Juja for May 18.

The by-election for Rurii Ward in Nyandarua County will also be held on the same date.

Bonchari constitutes lost their MP John Oroo Oyioka on February 15 following a long illness. Oyioka was announced dead by the family at the Aga Khan hospital in Kisumu.

Juja residents in Kiambu County lost their legislator Francis Munyua Waititu, popularly known as Wakapee after a long battle with brain cancer.

Stiff competition is expected in Bonchari between ODM which has enjoyed overwhelming support in the Nyanza region over the years and Jubilee.

Former Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority director general Pavel Oimeke will represent ODM for the Bonchari Parliamentary by-election.

Oimeke, who resigned from EPRA last week, was to face off with ex-Kisii Environment and Water executive John Bill Momanyi and businessman David Ogega.

By The Star