NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28 – The clearance of Presidential Aspirant Abduba Dida hit a glitch Sunday morning following revelations by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that his degree Certificate was not certified.
Following an examination of his documents, the electoral body’s Chairman Wafula Chebukati further indicated that his self-declaration form had not been signed by a Commissioner of Oaths.
He was given until 4pm to get his papers in order before presenting them again before the Commission.
”We have your degree certificate which needs to be certified, that is one of the conditions. We also require that of your running mate certified. That has not been done,” Chebukati stated.
“Also, the self-declaration forms for both the Presidential aspirant and running mate need to be signed and commissioned before a commissioner of oaths. They are both not signed so can we give you time to sort out your papers and come before 4 o’clock?” Chebukati stated.
Dida who was later interviewed downplayed the incident saying it would be sorted out as soon as possible.
“What the team did is to photocopy the original certificate but all the other documents were certified. So it is not a big deal and you know some of our staff are also as new as IEBC and it is already done because some of those who are to sign are already here,” he said.
The electoral agency first received the documents of Thirdway Alliance of Kenya candidate Ekuru Aukot who was cleared by the Commission’s Chairman Wafula Chebukati.
“Having reviewed documents presented before me, we satisfy that Dr Ekuru Aukot, and his running mate Emmanuel Nzai have met the qualifications to vie for the position of President and Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya in the General Elections coming up on August 8 this year,” he said.
Chebukati stated that Aukot was now free to campaign in any part of the country for his Presidential bid.
“You are free to go and campaign anywhere in Kenya. Sell your policy to the people of Kenya but in doing so, ensure the electoral code of conduct is observed,” he said.
Here is Aukot’s running mate Emmanuel Nzai who was interviewed after.
“This is a thirds milestone that we see. The first milestone was when Dr Ekuru Aukot led the whole conversation about Third way, that there must be alternative leadership. The second milestone was to have out party registered so today marks a new journey,” Nzai stated.
Next to present his papers was the Alliance for Real Change aspirant Abduba Dida who expressed his confidence of success in his bid.
“I have the experience, we want to improve this country and the entire humanity so when that is a calling, we do not get frustrated or tired. It is a course that we are ready to suffer and to die for when it is called for,” he said.
The Orange Democratic Movement’s Raila Odinga will be third to present his papers and Justus Juma of the Justice and Freedom party will be last on Sunday.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to present his papers on Monday afternoon.
Ten of those who were seeking the post have been disqualified for various reasons.
The official campaign period also begins on Sunday.