NAIROBI, Kenya, May 2 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says the deadline for aspirants wishing to contest the August elections as independent candidates is Thursday this week.
In a statement in the local dailies, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that an aspirant should not be members of any political party at least three months to the polls.
He indicated that one should have obtained clearance from the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties confirming that they are not a member of any registered political party.
“According to Section 32 and 33 of the Elections Act 2011, persons intending to contest an election as independent candidates shall submit their names and the symbol to the Commission for approval,” he said.
“In addition, an aspirant shall not be a member of any registered political party at least three months to the General Election.”
He further explained that they should submit their symbols in both hard and soft copies for approval by the Commission by Monday next week.
Chebukati said the Commission will approve the symbols on May 10 following which the names of the independent candidates will be gazette on May 13.
He stated that they will then transmit the copies of the approved names and symbols to the Returning Officers at the respective IEBC offices countrywide.
After this, the Commission will obtain forms for collection of signatures of supporters of independent candidates from Returning Officers.
More than 1,500 aspirants who lost in the just-concluded party nominations have resigned from their parties to pave the way for their candidature as independents.