, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 28 – Presidential candidates who start presenting their nominations papers to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on Tuesday have been asked to limit the number of people who accompany them to 11.
The IEBC’s Chief Executive Officer James Oswago said any extra people will not be allowed into the Kenyatta International Conference Centre where presentation of the documents will take place.
“Candidates must restrict themselves to the numbers that we have discussed with their representatives. There will be no rallies in this facility, if any candidate wants a rally they have to organise a public function which should be held away from this venue. We have instructed the owners of this building to ensure this is complied with,” he ordered.
According to Oswago, presidential nominees should be accompanied by one family member, their running mate who will also be allowed one family member, a proposer and a seconder; two signatories and two aides. “Every candidate should not be accompanied by more than 11 people.”
Each candidate will have 45 minutes to present the necessary papers.
Narc Kenya’s Martha Karua will be the first to present her papers on Tuesday at 9am followed by Kenya National Congress leader Peter Kenneth at 10am. Restore and Build Kenya’s James ole Kiyiapi is expected at 11am. United Democratic Forum leader Musalia Mudavadi will be the last to submit his papers on the first day.
The National Alliance leader, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and the Orange Democratic Movement flag bearer, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, will present their papers on Wednesday at 8.30am and 11am respectively.
Other presidential candidates Safina’s Paul Muite and Alliance for Real Change candidate Mohammed Abduba Dida will also present their papers on the last day.
In the notice of election released on December 28, the IEBC indicated that Members of Parliament, Senators and Women Representatives, political parties and independent candidates will present their nomination papers on January 31 and February 1.
Those running for parliamentary seats will be required to submit their nomination papers to IEBC returning officers in their constituencies.
Party lists for nominated MPs will be submitted to the IEBC offices at Anniversary Towers in Nairobi on January 31 whereas the Senate and Women Representative candidates will deliver their nomination papers to the County Returning Officers in their respective counties on the same day.
Nominations for county governors will also be on January 31 and February 1 and their papers will be submitted to the county returning officers.
The governors will be required to include their nominee for deputy governor.
The candidates for the county assembly nominations will be on January 29, 30, 31 and candidates will submit their nomination papers to the returning officers at the constituency election offices.