‘We will be on the ballot’, Wanjigi, Aukot, Kigame protest being locked out of State House race
Presidential aspirants Jimi Wanjigi, Ekuru Aukot, Reuben Kigame are on Tuesday scheduled to host the media to protest the rejection of their candidacy by the IEBC. The three are among 13 presidential hopefuls who did not make the cut with IEBC only clearing four candidates. The Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, Wafula Chebukati rejected the application by Safina Party’s Wanjigi to be registered as a Presidential candidate for failing to provide a degree certificate.
Chebukati rejected the application by Thirdway Alliance Kenya Party’s Aukot after he failed to provide ID copies of his supporters. Kigame’s name failed to make it to the shortlist after he missed the deadline to submit his documents. He has however claimed that IEBC has blocked him from presenting his initial documents from the word go.
Kenya will have the lowest number of presidential candidates in August since the return of multi-partyism in 1992. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission closed the registration of presidential candidates on Monday with only four making the cut. The four are UDA’s William Ruto, Azimio la Umoja’s Raila Odinga, Roots Party of Kenya George Wajackoyah, and Agano Party’s David Waihiga Mwaure.
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