The Star (Nairobi)

11 February 2013

Kenya: All Candidates Should Participate in Debate - IEBC

Presidential candidates; Peter Kenneth (Eagle), Uhuru Kenyatta (Jubilee), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani), Martha Karua (Narc Kenya), Prof James ole ... ( Resource: Kenya's First Ever Presidential Debate

All candidates contesting the March 4 presidential elections should participate in the Presidential debate scheduled for today, Chairman of IEBC Isaack Hassan has said.

Six presidential candidates have confirmed participation in the debate scheduled for 7pm tonight at Brookhouse International School. Safina presidential candidate Paul Muite and Alliance For Real Change Party leader Mohommed Abuda Diba's names are missing from the list of those scheduled to participate in the event.

IEBC chairman Isaack Hassan has said the commission views "such exclusion inequitable and undesirable in the circumstances," stating that all the candidates meet the legal requirements to contest the March 4 General Elections and should therefore be allowed to join the debate.

Safina presidential flag bearer Paul Muite is expected in court today to have the presidential debate stopped.

Speaking to the press at the weekend, Safina deputy director of election Jayne Mati said she has also written to the IEBC to intervene in the matter.

Organisers of the event have said Muite and Diba were locked out because they had not declared their intention to run by the time preparations for the debate started.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 The Star. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

InFocus

Kenyan Politicians Vow to Accept Poll Results

The first presidential debate involved eight candidates who promised to accept the March 4th poll results in order to avoid a repeat of the 2008 post-election violence. Read more »