IEBC had problems with academic certificates of political activist Okiya Omtata during the verification and clearance exercise at the IEBC Offices in Busia.
Omutata’s names did not match those on his academic certificates and National Identity card. The matter was solved after the involvement of advocates as directed by the IEBC officials.
Several political aspirants were forced to wait for hours at various IBEC stations in Busia as the Commission entered the third day of the verification and clearance exercise.
At Busia IEBC County HQ, senatorial aspirants led by Maxwell Siundu of Federal Party of Kenya (FPK) party, Omutata of National Reconstruction Alliance (NRM) and Stephen Entela of ODM were cleared as they seek for the oversight role within the county.
Though the process took hours, they thanked the Commission for the smooth process as they seek to replace the outgoing senator Amos Wako in the next 68 days.
Siundu advocated for peace as campaigns started saying he is confident that the constituency would vote for a youthful leader who is visionary and could stir the county to the next level.
“The exercise has been successful despite few technical challenges. I have gone through the nomination process successfully. It is my appeal to other candidates best of luck in their campaigns but they should conduct themselves peacefully and with decorum,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by another senatorial aspirant and political activist Omutata, who promised to restore sanity in the county.
Omutata vowed to introduce ICT in oversight to keep the governor and administration on the close monitoring.
“I will employ youths with ICT skills to help deal with rampant mismanagement of funds witnessed by the outgoing regime,” noted Omutata.
Siundu noted that despite the party having set aside positions for a youth and women leader at both the national and county level, there is a need to have more youths occupy leadership positions for better representation.
“I am urging the party to give a chance to more young people to engage peacefully in the party politics,” he noted.