29 January 2013

Kenya: IEBC Releases Timetable for Clearance of Presidential Candidates

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Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission Centre.

NARC Kenya's Martha Karua will be the first to present her nominations papers to IEBC today. A total of eight candidates have been lined up to present their nomination papers in the next two days for clearance as they seek to succeed President Kibaki in the March 4 general election.

IEBC James Oswago told the media yesterday that Karua will present her nomination papers to the Commission between 9.00am and 9.45am this morning at the KICC. She will be followed by the KNC leader Peter Kenneth at 10am and RBK's James Ole Kiyiapi at 11am.

UDF presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi will close the first day of the exercise when he presents his papers at midday.TNA's Uhuru Kenyatta presents his papers tomorrow at 8.30am to be followed by Mohammed Dida of Alliance for Real Change at 10am.

ODM's Raila Odinga will submit his papers at 11am before Safina's Paul Muite bringing the curtains down at midday tomorrow. Dida, who hails from Wajir County, is a former high school teacher. He taught at Nairobi and Lenana Schools before he resigned to join business and politics.

Yesterday Oswago issued guidelines that political parties and their candidates will have adhere to to facilitate the two-day exercise.

Political parties will have to ensure that a maximum of 11 people accompany their candidate to KICC during the exercise. He warned that no candidate will be allowed to address a political rally within the precincts of KICC.

According to initial plan, Mudavadi was expected to address a rally outside KICC after being cleared by the IEBC. However, Oswago was categorical there will be no meeting at KICC.

"We expect candidates to restrict themselves to the numbers of people to accompany them as we agreed with their representatives," he said

Those to accompany presidential candidates are a family member, the candidate's proposer an and seconder, the running mate, one member of the running mate's family, two party officials who will sign his nomination certificate and two aides to verify the different documents required for various purposes.

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