The August 8 General Election could record the highest number of candidates vying as independents after the electoral body yesterday gave aspirants an escape window from the frustrations of party nominations.
But to be eligible, the aspirants will have to submit their names and symbols to the electoral body by May 10 and must have severed links with any political party at least two days earlier — May 8, which is three months before the General Election — before the deadline.
In a statement to the newsrooms, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission( IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati, said those keen on running as independents in the August 8 poll must be eligible candidates for the General Election. This means that aspirants can resign from their parties and vie as independent candidates if they can prove that they were not members of any party by May 8. The move by the commission comes as sigh of relief to many aspirants who may be catapulted out of in the ongoing parties primaries.
At the same time, the commission boss said all aspirants will be required to submit their nomination papers for clearance to the Commission’s Returning Officers at the constituency level between May 28 and June 2 at venues to be announced later.