Registrar Of Political Parties Has Cleared About 40 Candidates To Run For Presidency as Independents In The August Election.
The candidates will face off with the leading contenders, Deputy President William Ruto and Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga for the top job.
But they’ll have first to be cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Speaking in an interview with a local media outlet on Sunday, May 1, Registrar of political parties Ann Nderitu; announced that a total of 38 contenders had applied and had been cleared to join the race as independents.
“I may not have the names but as of today morning, about 38 of them. We do not know if they are all serious or it is a question of trial and error.
“Provided somebody meets the basic requirements of applications, then you give them the clearance,” stated Nderitu.
A person who holds a valid Kenyan identification card and meets the same conditions as a Member of Parliament qualifies as a Presidential candidate, according to the Constitution.
The act also stipulates that a candidate must be nominated by at least 2,000 votes from at least 24 counties.
All aspirants must also have a degree from a recognized university and must not be a public officer or acting in any state of public office other than President, Deputy President, or Member of Parliament, according to the IEBC Act.
Apart from Raila and Ruto, significant party nominees include the Safina Party’s Jimi Wanjigi, the Usawa Party’s Mwangi Wa Iria, and the Roots Party’s Prof George Wajackoyah.