Independent Candidates in August 8th poll have until Thursday to submit applications to IEBC

 

IEBC clerks receive applications from independent candidates/COURTESY

BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI ,2ND MAY 2017-Independent Candidates in the August 8th General election have until Thursday, May 4th to submit their applications to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The electoral commission says the applications which must contain name of the candidate and their respective symbol and will be scrutinized before approval.

A number of losers in the just concluded party primaries have signaled their intentions to vie as independent candidates in the August poll.

 An aspiring Candidate will be required to submit their dully filled form for intention to contest as an independent candidate, their symbol, as well as a clearance form from the office of the registrar of political parties and should not be a member of any political party.

The candidate will also be required to present a form from the registrar of political parties, indicating that their symbol does not resemble that of any registered political party.

Article 137 of the constitution states that for one to be cleared to run for president he or she must have the support of not less than 2000 registered voters from each of a majority of the counties.

Article 99 puts the number at 2000 signatures for aspiring senators and 1000 for aspiring MPs.

Anyone aspiring to become an MCA is required by the law to have support of at least 500 registered voters.

The elections act of 2011 states that female candidates, youth and persons with disability applying to vie as independent candidates are required to deposit a Cheque worth Kshs 100,000 to IEBC and Kshs 200,000 for any other candidate.

Registrar of political parties has reported  that   there are over 15000 candidates who have approached the office  seeking to be allowed to vie as independent candidates.

 

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