, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 31 – Evans Kidero (ODM – Governor), Rachael Shebesh (TNA – Women Representative) and activist Okiya Omtatah (Ford Kenya – Senator) have been cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to contest the March 4 election.
Speaking after he received his certificate at the Nyayo National Stadium, Kidero said he intends to deal with congestion in the city, build infrastructure and create jobs for the youth.
“The road towards winning the Nairobi gubernatorial seat starts today. We have seen Nairobi deteriorate because of neglect and non investment in social infrastructure. We will build infrastructure and create jobs for our youth,” he said.
Shebesh on her part promised to be at the forefront in defending women’s rights through empowerment.
Omtatah pledged to address poverty which is ailing Nairobi residents. He says he will also ensure land which is a controversial and sensitive topic in Kenya will be his priority if he is elected as senator.
His key plan is to relocate the Kamiti Maximum Prison so that the piece of land can be utilised in a better way.
“That piece of land can be used for other purposes; we can set up companies which in turn will open new job opportunities for unemployed people.”
More aspirants for the positions of governor, senate and county women representative seats are expected to continue submitting their nomination papers for the better part of Thursday and Friday.
The commission has appointed 290 returning officers and 47 officials, to receive the credentials from candidates at the IEBC County offices across the country.
TNA’s candidate Ferdinand Waititu and Federal Party of Kenya’s Phillip Kisia were expected to also present their papers to IEBC in the two days allocated for governors, senators and women representatives.
The Alliance Party of Kenya candidate Jimnah Mbaru was also expected to present his papers despite objections by TNA who wrote to the IEBC requesting that he be disqualified because he was still a paid up member of the party.
A gubernatorial aspirant is expected to submit a duly filled and signed self declaration form and if he/she was a public officer, a letter of discharge from the employer confirming resignation by September 4 2012. This provision is not applicable to Members of Parliament.
Women, Youth and persons with disabilities candidates will be required to submit a banker’s cheque payable to IEBC of a non-refundable fee of Sh25,000 while their male candidates will provide banker’s cheque payable to IEBC of a non-refundable fee of Sh50,000.
They also must submit their draft campaign schedule prepared with regard to Electoral Code of Conduct.
Independent candidates such as former Prime Minister’s advisor Miguna Miguna will be expected to submit a certificate of clearance from the Registrar of Political Parties indicating that the candidate has not been a member of any political party three months prior to the election date.
The senatorial aspirants will be required to have duly filled and signed self declaration form, a banker’s cheque payable to IEBC of Sh10,000 for a candidate who is a woman, youth or person with disability while male candidates must have a banker’s cheque payable to IEBC of a non refundable fee of Sh20,000 for other candidates.
Nominees to the National Assembly and County Ward representatives are expected to go for the nomination exercise on Friday from constituency returning officers.