A total of eight presidential candidates have been cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to vie in Kenyaâ€™s March 4 General Election.
They are Karua (Narc Kenya), James ole Kiyaipi (RBK), Peter Kenneth (KNC), Musalia Mudavadi (UDF), Uhuru Kenyatta (TNA), Mohamed Abduba Dida (ARC), Raila Odinga (ODM) and Paul Muite (Safina).
The candidates got the nod on Tuesday and Wednesday after a brief meeting with officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Nairobiâ€™s Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC). IEBC Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan is the Returning Officer for Presidential elections.
The candidates submitted their national identity cards and copies of academic credentials, plus an affidavit affirming their allegiance to the Republic of Kenya.
They also handed in nomination certificates from the parties to participate in the elections, and signed self declaration forms. They also had to submit two passport-size photographs.
One aspirant was however locked out of the nomination process after failing to make it in good time. Chris Matata Musyoka arrived at the KICC after closure time and thus could not be allowed to present his documents.
The IEBC Chairman asked all candidates to observe the electoral code of conduct adding that a candidate will be personally held responsible for violation of any electoral regulation. IEBC will continue receiving nomination papers from the other five positions up to Friday, February 1, 2013.Candidates for positions of governor, senator and county womenâ€™s representative will seek IEBCâ€™s clearance to run for the seats at their respective counties, while parliamentary aspirants and county assembly representatives will present their nominations in their constituencies.
The IEBC is clearing candidates on the basis of their political parties and not coalitions