IEBC Asked to Include 8 Candidates in Presidential Election

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has been given a new order on having eight candidates participate in the October 26 presidential election.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the National Council of NGOs indicated that it was discriminatory to exclude the other six candidates from the repeat poll.

The Council's chairman Stephen Cheboi urged the electoral body to allow all candidates to participate noting that the exercise is not a re-run that includes only the two top contenders.

“The repeat poll is not a presidential re-run where only two leading candidates can participate.

"Let Ekuru Aukot and others who wish to participate be accorded another opportunity to prove their cases to the Kenyan people,” he stated.

The body urged all stakeholders, especially political parties and their candidates, to support efforts by IEBC as they prepare for the repeat election and applauded the Cabinet for approving the election budget.

On Friday, Thirdway Alliance candidate Ekuru Aukot filed a case at the High Court seeking to stop the polls body from printing the presidential ballot papers without his name.

Dr Aukot accused the IEBC of unlawfully gazetting President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga as the only candidates in the upcoming presidential elections.

“IEBC and Mr Chebukati, in breach of rules of natural justice and without due regard to the law, have failed to gazette Dr Aukot as a presidential candidate despite him having been duly nominated as a presidential candidate in the August 8 polls just like the two.

“Unless this matter is heard and determined urgently, Dr Aukot and his voters are likely to suffer injustice and irreparable loss having been unlawfully excluded," he stated.