Governor aspirants turned away by IEBC

Several gubernatorial aspirants have been turned away by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as they sought to be cleared to contest in the August 8 elections.

Most of the candidates and their running mates were rejected over academic documents.

Taita Taveta County governorship aspirant Thomas Mwadeghu was not cleared after the names on his running mate’s academic certificates failed to match those in the national identity card.

Mr Mwadeghu had selected Richard Tairo as his running mate. IEBC Returning Officer Festus Mucheke said Mr Mwadeghu will be cleared if he brings a sworn affidavit confirming that the names on the certificates and identity card is for the same person.

Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Miguna Miguna was also turned away after he presented 2,000 signatures in image form as oppose to excel format.

It also emerged that Mr Miguna had changed his running mate. Last week, he named James Gathungu as his running mate but sought clearance with Karen Wagenye-Oruko.

In Nakuru, the IEBC suspended presentation of aspirant James Mungai, who is seeking to contest as an independent candidate, after it emerged that a certificate of his running mate, George Nyaberi is not recognised by the Commission for University Education.

Lamu PNU governor aspirant Eliud Ndung’u Kinuthia was not cleared after his running mate, James Matole Tuva failed to submit a degree certificate.

Mr Matole only had a letter of completion and academic transcripts from the university he attended as he is supposed to graduate in June this year.

Returning Officer Mohamed Adan said IEBC rules requires both the governor and his running mate to have the original degree certificates.

Some governors were however cleared by the IEBC.

Taita Taveta County Governor John Mruttu was cleared to seek re-election as an independent candidate.

Mr Hassan Noor Hassan was also cleared to contest Mandera governorship seat on Economic Freedom Party ticket.

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi were also cleared to seek re-election in the August elections.

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