A number of political aspirants who failed to secure party tickets have now been given 10 days to register as independent candidates. This was decided upon by MPs who adopted changes in the Election Amendment Bill 2022 on Tuesday April 12. Interested Nominations losers have been therefore asked to submit their credentials to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) before the end of ten days.
What was IEBC’s initial plan?
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had proposed to block all aspirants who fail in nominations from vying in the forthcoming elections.
The plan has however been overturned in the new legislation as MPs voted to allow Nominations losers register as Independent Candidates for August General Elections. They also argued that this would promote democracy in the country.
If the president will consent to the proposed Election Amendment Bill, then nominations losers will be free to contest in the August General Elections.
Some of the political aspirants who have direct tickets
Party leaders have now issued direct tickets to some political aspirants. In Nairobi, the party leader United Democratic Alliance (UDA), DR. William Ruto gave direct tickets to Millicent Omanga (Women Representative), Johnson Sakaja (Gubernatorial), and Bishop Margeret Wanjiru (Senatorial).
However, most aspirants in the Jubilee Party pulled out for the fear of being thrown out of the race. This is after the grassroots leaders led by business lady Agnes Kagure threatened of not giving direct tickets to those they did not know well.
“We do not fear nominations. we want nominations so that we can get the leaders we want. No Kagure, no voting, we want Kagure on the nominations. We want true leadership in Nairobi, we do not want leaders imposed on us,’’ they said.
On the other hand, ODM Party has given direct tickets to gubernatorial candidates, James Orengo (Siaya) and Gladys Wanga (Homabay).
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