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Handful cleared for Senate race in day one of nominations

People Daily Team @PeopleDailyKe

Senatorial aspirants started to present nomination papers to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) yesterday alongside the presidential candidates.

Among those who were cleared yesterday are Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi), Kiambu Senator Kimani wa Matangi and former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga (for Laikipia).

In Kitui, it was not smooth sailing for some aspirants after they were locked out following failure to provide all the requisite documents.

In Nakuru, an independent candidate was barred from the race after failing to collect 2,000 signatures to endorse him. Baxton Kamau failed to gather the signatures from voters as required by law. He was among three others who presented nomination papers to county returning officer Silas Rotich. The others were Mukoma Munyuthe (independent), Samuel Ogada (ODM) and Rono Daniel (Third-way Alliance of Kenya).

Today, five other candidates will present their papers in Nakuru including Jubilee Party’s Susan Kihika, Nominated MCA Margaret Kiiru (independent), Jacob Kipng’eno (Mazingira), Kenneth Otieno (Agano) and Boniface Ngugi (Republican).

Jubilee and ODM senatorial candidates in Mombasa were given a nod by IEBC to contest in the August 8 election after their nomination papers were cleared. Mohamed Faki (ODM) and Abdisalaam Kassim of JP, who are the main contestants in the race were the first to present their papers at the Kenya School of Government and the Petel Salmaj centres respectively where they were issued with certificates to confirm they are certified to vie in election. Others cleared to contest were Jabess Oduor (independent), Yasser Bajaber (Ford-K) and Hamis Mwaguya (independent).

In Kitui, names of some aspirants, their proposers and seconders were missing from either in their party registers or in the files of the Registrar of Political Parties. Aspirants had to wait until midday due to a faulty IEBC computer, prompting county elections manager Gongo Gumba to issue provisional clearance certificates. One of the victims in the senate race was Dorcas Kameta of JP whose name was not in the party register. She was, however, told to present her documents today.

Those cleared are Wiper’s Enoch Wambua, CCU’s Elijah Kilonzi, Stephen Kilonzo of MCC and Paul Mutisya (independent).

Senatorial nominations went on in many counties and they are expected to end today to pave way for MP, MCA, Women Rep and governor aspirants.

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