The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has stated that 11 presidential aspirants failed to meet the May, 16 deadline of submitting names of running mates.
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati says that these 11 presidential aspirants did not explain to the commission why they had failed to meet the deadline or whether they were still interested in the contest.
Speaking on Monday, May 23, at the Bomas of Kenya during a meeting with presidential aspirants Chebukati, stated that the 11 did not explain to the commission why they had failed to meet the deadline or whether they were still interested in the contest.
Although the IEBC did not reveal the names 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.
Upon verification of the documents presented by the remaining aspirants, a decision will then be made on whether they will be on the ballot or not.
IEBC has however stated 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 aspirant after which 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.
The poll agency chairperson however, noted that aspirants who will not have corrected the anomaly by the additional time, 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,” Chebukati added.
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 suppress any conflict between the aspirants.
The IEBC boss warned the aspirants against breaking the electoral laws, saying that such acts may lead to disqualification and prosecution in a court of law.
Mr Chebukati also noted that official 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 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.
By Rodgers Oduor