Presidential candidates present papers to IEBC
The presidential race started taking shape on Thursday with candidates presenting documents to the electoral commission.
Last evening, the IEBC was still waiting for a majority of 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 independents in the race.
The body was collecting the initial batch of documents before it begins processing the names of candidates whose names will be on the ballot in the March 4 polls.
Each candidate was required to present a letter expressing intention to contest the presidency and 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 at least 25 counties, it means that each one of them would need at least 50,000 supporters for their bid.
They were also required to present these lists in both soft and hard copy, said Ms Immaculate Kasait, IEBC’s director of voter registration.
Ms Kasait said this is in line with Section 18 of the Election Regulations, which require 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 commission at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre on January 29 and 30.
Kenya National Congress presidential candidate Peter Kenneth was first past this post. His agents delivered the documents at about 8am.
Next, at about 11.30am, was Prime Minister Raila Odinga of ODM, who is backed by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy.
Peter Kenneth: KNC
Raila Odinga: ODM
Paul Muite: Safina
Mwalimu Mohammed: ARC
Martha Karua: Narc-K
Kingwa Kamenchu: PPPK
Musalia Mudavadi: UDF
Prof James ole Kiyiapi: RBK
Uhuru Kenyatta: TNA
Isaiah Ndung’u: PDU
Waqambo Qambo: Indep.
Stephen Owoko: Indep.
Peter Luta: Indep.
Thomas Maitai: Indep.