After Kenya’s electoral board, the IEBC, established May 23 as the date for a pre-nomination meeting, 55 hopefuls hoping to be on the ballot for the country’s top position in August will have a long and hectic week ahead of them.
The meeting, which will be chaired by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, will start at 8 a.m. in the Bomas of Kenya and will provide an opportunity for all candidates to be briefed on the requirements and procedures for candidate registration.
Candidates must submit an electronic version of their application as well as a list of at least 2000 supporters from the majority of counties to the IEBC in order to be considered for the election.
They’ll also have to send copies of their supporters’ identification documents.
According to the IEBC, presidential and gubernatorial candidates who possess degrees from international universities, as well as their deputies, must acquire acknowledgment and an assessment of their academic qualifications from the Commission for University Education before being registered as candidates.
Presidential and gubernatorial candidates will not be cleared as candidates until the presidential returning officer and country returning officers have assessed their eligibility during the registration period.
Fourteen of Kenya’s presidential contenders are leaders of various political parties, with one running as an independent.
Furthermore, from May 29 to June 7, the IEBC will undertake candidate registration for several elective seats.
The IEBC has received 244 gubernatorial candidates by the deadline of May 16, including 167 candidates from political parties and 77 independents.