A section of presidential aspirants whose documents have been rejected by the Independent Electoral and no Commission have lamented over what they term IEBC’s discrimination against candidates
Led by Safina Party’s Jimi Wanjigi whose nomination was on Monday thrown out by the electoral body over lack of a university degree, the aspirants allege that the commission is out to “silence” them.
“We’ve seen this template before and it is the template of dictatorship. I want to assure Kenyans that it was defeated before and we shall defeat it again now,” Wanjigi narrated.
The seasoned gospel artist Reuben Kigame also faulted the commission over alleged discrimination against people living with disabilities stating that the IEBC had not considered his condition treating favourably as stipulated under affirmative action acts.
“Chebukati and team have discriminated against me. The worst aspect of the discrimination is that he has gazetted 4 candidates and issued a list of the candidates who did not qualify. Kenyans, are you aware that I do not appear in both lists?” Kigame posed a question.
According to Thirdway Alliance flag-bearer Ekuru Aukot, the Chebukati-led body was out to frustrate his presidential ambitions this year, having cleared him before on which he stated that the he had previously met the constitutional threshold set by IEBC and not even a single document in his possession was in question.
“In 2017 IEBC issued me with a certificate to run for presidency. Last Sunday, IEBC denied me that certificate on the excuse that my degree certificate is not certified, I think we are dealing with an institution here that is clearing the wrong candidates just because they do not want alternative voices,” Ekuru stated.
Among the 55 aspirants who had presented themselves to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta only four have made it to the poll agency’s final list among them are Azimio la Umoja One Kenya flag-bearer Raila Odinga, Kenya Kwanza’s William Ruto, Roots Party leader George Wajackoyah and Agano Party’s David Mwaure with all eyes now gazing the court for legal battle between IEBC and Safina party’s Jimy Wanjigi who have vow to launch petition.
By Rodgers Oduor