The Star (Nairobi)

1 February 2013

Kenya: Mombasa Aspirants Get IEBC Stamp for Election

Mombasa Candidates in the March 4 elections have rececived certificates from the electoral commission. Hassan Joho (governor), Mishi Mboko (women's representative) and Ramadhan Kajembe (senator) were yesterday cleared.

The sole independent candidate for the governor, Tendai Mtana, was also cleared. He said he is confident of winning because Mombasa residents want change.

There was a slight tension at Bandari college when Kajembe was presenting his papers. His personal assistant Mamuun Abubakar had forgotten some of his documents, including original academic certificates and their copies.

Kajembe was however cleared later cleared by Mombasa returning officer Laban Mwashighadi after the documents were brought.

He said ODM will adhere to all the election rules and regulations. He said his experience will propel him to victory on March 4. "We know the game. We are going to play the game. But we want peace," he said outside the hall.

Joho said though the journey to the polls "has now started officially". He said their role of improving the living standards of Mombasa residents will continue.

"After March 4, we will continue what we have been doing on the ground," said Joho, whose running mate Hazel Katana was also cleared. "It is time to reconnect the people of Mombasa to their economic destiny and restore the dignity of this city," Mtana said.

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