Azimio Coalition Agreement Not A Hindrance To Kalonzo's Bid, IEBC Declares

Fridah Wangechi | 2 years ago
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka PHOTO: The Standard

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has stated that Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka is in the clear to contest for the presidency unless someone petitions the commission against his candidature or there is a court order to stop him.

The IEBC has maintained it will stick to the provisions of the law in Section 23 of the Elections Act on the qualifications and disqualifications for nomination as President when it clears candidates on Monday, May 30.

The Wafula Chebukati-led agency will only look into the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party agreement if any complaints arise.

On the May 30 meeting with the aspirants, the commission is set to take them through the requirements they ought to meet before clearance to be on the ballot including being a Kenyan citizen by birth and not holding citizenship of any other country,  must meet the qualification to stand for election as an MP, is a registered voter, is a member of a registered party for political party candidates or registered as an independent, must have been nominated by the political party and the certificate signed by authorized signatories, must be supported by at least 2,000 registered voters each from at least half of the counties, must not have been declared bankrupt and must not have been sentenced to a prison term of at least six months at the time of registration as a candidate.

The issue of membership in a coalition hence is not a requirement, which will allow the commission to clear Musyoka to vie in the presidential race.

“If a candidate satisfies what is provided in the checklist, then he is cleared. If any of the items on the checklist is missing, that attracts a disqualification,” IEBC CEO Hussein Marjan revealed to the Nation.

In the event that someone challenges his candidature even after clearance, the IEBC will form a dispute resolution committee to probe the matter.

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