IEBC clears six aspirants vying for the gubernatorial seat in Kiambu County

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has cleared six aspirants to contest for the gubernatorial seat in Kiambu County in this year’s General Election.

The Kiambu County Returning Officer Mr. Arnold Mwituiri cleared the six aspirants with two more aspirants pending to be cleared on Tuesday 7 which is the last day of the exercise.

The exercise that started on Sunday saw IEBC receive clearance papers from those vying for the Governor seats as official campaigns kick off for the ones issued with IEBC clearance forms.

James Nyoro of Jubilee party, Kimani Wamatangi of UDA party, William Kabongo of Tujibebe Wakenya party, Moses Kuria of Chama Cha Kazi, Mwende Gatabaki of Safina Party and Patrick Wainaina an independent candidate are the six that got cleared by IEBC.

Juliet Kimemia of KANU and Agnes Ndugu an independent candidate are expected to present their document today on Tuesday 7th for clearance, for the last time after they were sent to look for authentic signatures yesterday.

Most of the aspirants lauded the thorough manner in which the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was validating aspirants’ documents.

“It has been a journey and I would like to thank the IEBC because they have been very professional. They have taken an hour to peruse our documents meaning they are thorough and organized,” said Kiambu Governor James Nyoro.

Nyoro stated that IEBC has proved to be well prepared for the elections with no malpractice reported so far and expressed confidence that the electoral body will deliver free and fair elections.

“I have all the reasons to believe that IEBC is capable of delivering a free and fair election,” said Nyoro

However Patrick Wainaina (Jungle) an independent candidate who was cleared yesterday after eight hour expressed his concerns saying the process is more vigorous to independent candidates hence the process should be made easier to all

“We were here at 8 am and we got cleared at 4 pm. The documentation for the independent candidate is too much hence we had to rush from one office to another to get our documents signed,” Jungle lamented.

“It feels like independent candidates have to do a lot more which is also very expensive. We wish IEBC then makes the process as vigorous to all the aspirants,” said Jungle who is also the MP for Thika constituency.



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