Thursday, January 24, 2013

IEBC waits on documents from 14 eyeing State House

From left: Cord members Henry Kosgey, James Orengo, Anyang Nyong'o and Mutula Kilonzo present to the IEBC documentation required of its presidential candidate Raila Odinga January 24, 2013.  EMMA NZIOKA

From left: Cord members Henry Kosgey, James Orengo, Anyang Nyong'o and Mutula Kilonzo present to the IEBC documentation required of its presidential candidate Raila Odinga January 24, 2013. EMMA NZIOKA 

By JOHN NGIRACHU [email protected]

The line up of candidates for the presidency has begun to take shape with the presentation of documents to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

On Thursday, the commission was waiting for the 14 aspirants it had listed as interested in seeking the presidency to beat yet another deadline.

There are 10 aspirants sponsored by parties and four independent.

Those sponsored by parties are: Peter Kenneth (Kenya National Congress), Raila Odinga (ODM), Paul Muite (Safina), Mwalimu Mohammed (Alliance for Real Change), Martha Karua (Narc-Kenya), Kingwa Kamenchu (Peoples Patriotic Party of Kenya), Musalia Mudavadi (UDF), Prof James ole Kiyiapi (Restore and Build Kenya), Uhuru Kenyatta (TNA) and Chris Matata Musyoka (Party of Democratic Unity).

Independent candidates are; Waqambo Qambo, Stephen Owoko, Peter Luta and Thomas Maitai.

The body was collecting the initial batch of documents required before it begins processing the names of candidates whose names will be on the ballot at the General Election on March 4.

Each candidate was required to present a letter expressing intention to contest the presidency plus lists of 2,000 signatures from supporters in more than half of the 47 counties.

With a candidate required to have 2,000 signatures from each of the at least 25 counties, this means that each one of them would need at least 50,000 supporters for their bid.

Soft and hard copies

They were also required to present these lists in both soft and hard copies, said Immaculate Kasait, the Director of Voter Registration at the IEBC.

Ms Kasait said this is in line with Section 18 of the Election Regulations, which requires that presidential candidates present the documents  and lists of supporters at least five days to the official nomination day.

The candidates will present their party nomination certificates to the IEBC at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) on January 29 and 30.

KNC's Mr Kenneth was first to present the documents. His agents delivered the required documents at about 8 am.

Next, at about 11.30 am, was Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is backed by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy, and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, his running mate.

Mr Odinga’s documents were presented by Orange Democratic Movement officials led by chairman Henry Kosgey and James Orengo.

They were later joined by ODM secretary general Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o and Wiper Democratic Movement secretary general Mutula Kilonzo, who is also the Education minister.

Among the documents deposited with the IEBC are; clearance from the Credit Reference Bureau, Kenya Revenue Authority, Higher Education Loans Board and a certificate of good conduct from the Criminal Investigations Department.

They also presented a self-declaration form plus the coalition agreement that brought together Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka.

Mr Kilonzo suggested, as they presented the documents, that the demands outlined in the Elections Act and the Election Regulations are too many.

“You’re interfering with our political rights. This is too much paper,” said Mr Kilonzo.

Mr Kosgey said the politicians would learn from this process and perhaps change the requirements when the 11th Parliament is set up.

“If by our experience Members of Parliament in the next lot find it was too cumbersome, they can amend to make it simpler. I really think they should make it simpler,” he said.

“Carrying all these documents, which we have had to do, in a pick-up, is not a very easy thing.”  

 

 

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