11 Presidential Aspirants On the Verge of Being Disqualified

  • IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati addresses 2022 presidential aspirants at a pre-candidate registration meeting at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, May 23, 2022
    IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati addresses 2022 presidential aspirants at a pre-candidate registration meeting at the
    Bomas of Kenya on Monday, May 23, 2022
    IEBC
  • The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has stated that eleven presidential aspirants did not submit the names of their running mates by the Monday, May 16, deadline.

    Speaking on Monday, May 23, at the Bomas of Kenya during a meeting with presidential aspirants and their representatives, IEBC chairperson, Mr Wafula Wanyonyi Chebukati, noted that the 11 did not explain to the commission why they had failed to meet the deadline or weather they were still interested in the contest.

    Although the IEBC did not give the particulars of the aspirants, Mr Chebukati, noted the Commission was now moving on to the next step, which is the vetting of documents presented by the aspirants for clearance.

    Mr Chebukati stated upon verification of the documents presented by the aspirants, a decision will be made on whether they will be on the ballot or not.

    2022 presidential aspirants at a pre-candidate registration meeting with IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, May 23, 2022
    2022 presidential aspirants at a pre-candidate registration meeting with IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati at the
    Bomas of Kenya on Monday, May 23, 2022
    IEBC

    IEBC maintained that the 48,000 copies of identification documents and accompanying signatures of 2,000 supporters from at least 24 counties must be presented by each presidential hopeful.

    Upon the receipt of the copies, IEBC will commence the verification process, with those falling short of this requirement being allowed some reasonable time to make adjustments.

    “Once the Commission finishes the verification of the supporters, where there is a shortfall of signatures in numbers of reduction of expulsion from the list, the aspirants will be given reasonable time to get the remaining signatures,” stated Mr Chebukati.

    IEBC, however, noted aspirants who will not have corrected the anomaly by the additional time, they will automatically be disqualified.

    “If by the deadline of the time you have been given you will not have gotten the signatures, then you will be disqualified from contesting.”

    The Commission further directed aspirants with academic qualifications from foreign countries to have them verified by the Commission for University Education (CUE), failure to which such aspirants will be barred from contesting in the August 9 polls.

    Other grounds for disqualification include failure by the aspirants to deposit with the commission their campaign schedules. The schedules are supposed to be harmonised by the IEBC so as to avert any conflict between the aspirants.

    The IEBC boss warned the aspirants against breaking the electoral laws, saying such acts may lead to disqualification and prosecution in a court of law.

    2022 presidential aspirants at a pre-candidate registration meeting with IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, May 23, 2022
    2022 presidential aspirants at a pre-candidate registration meeting with IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati at the
    Bomas of Kenya on Monday, May 23, 2022
    IEBC

    Mr Chebukati noted that campaigns will kick off immediately after the registration and clearance of aspirants which is scheduled to take place between May 29 and June 7. 

    The IEBC noted it had already submitted the names of those seeking to contest in the August polls to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (IEBC) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODDP) for vetting before the clearance.

    “The Commission has submitted to Chapter Six institutions the names of those who submitted as aspirants for the purposes of answering the moral question. Such information will be used in the clearance of the aspirants,” added Mr Chebukati.

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