The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) released a list of documents that Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his Kenya Kwanza counterpart William Ruto must produce for clearance on Wednesday, May 18.
Raila, Ruto, and their running mates Martha Karua and Rigathi Gachagua must produce original and copies of their degree certificates, according to IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati.
This is in accordance with the constitution, and it also applies to gubernatorial candidates and their running mates.
In particular, aspirants and deputies with degrees from foreign universities will be required to submit their documents to the Commission for University Education (CUE) for verification and approval.
“Presidential and gubernatorial candidates, as well as their deputies with degrees from foreign universities, must meet certain requirements.”
Furthermore, the former Premier and the DP will need 2,000 signatures from at least 24 counties. Copies of their identification cards should be included with the signature list.
Returning officers, according to Chebukati, will oversee the registration of aspirants for various elective seats, which will take place from May 29 to June 7.
The officers will also provide civic education to aspirants in order to inform them of the requirements and other electoral procedures. The commission will also hold a meeting with presidential candidates.
IEBC disclosed that it has received documents of 55 presidential hopefuls: one from a coalition party, 14 who will run on various party tickets and 40 independent aspirants.
In addition, a total of 244 aspirants will run for the 47 gubernatorial seats in the August 9 poll. 167 will run on the ballots of political parties, while 77 will run as independents.
Initially, the electoral commission required aspirants and parties to follow the two-thirds gender parity rule or face disqualification. Following a petition filed by lawyer Adrian Kamotho, the High Court in Nairobi issued a temporary injunction on the order’s execution.