Nomination losers have 10 days to vie as independent candidates

Aspirants who have lost in political party nominations have 10 days from Friday to seek elective positions as independent candidates.    

Majority of those who lost in the just concluded party primaries have expressed dissatisfaction with the nomination process in various parties.

According to the elections calendar, Thursday Midnight is the deadline for all political parties to have conducted nominations across the country. 

Though nomination certificates can be issued after the 21st of April, a party’s candidate in any elective position can’t be identified either through consensus, universal suffrage or opinion polls after the deadline.

The candidates must however resign from their respective political parties, identify a symbol to be used different from any registered political party and present a certified list of signatures from registered voters supporting their bid for being an Independent candidate. 

The amount of signatures vary depending on the elective position one is seeking. But the fall out from the nominations continues to be felt far and wide. 

Thursday morning, demonstrations rocked North Kanyamkago ward with residents protesting the ODM nomination results announced on Wednesday night claiming that the incumbent MCA George Okinyi Omamba did not win the ODM primaries.

In Nyandarua, County Assembly Speaker Ndegwa Wahome has protested the move by Chama Cha Kazi party to withdraw from the Nyandarua Gubernatorial race in support of the UDA Candidate Kiarie Badilisha. 

Wahome accuses CCK led by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria of usurping the law and wants the party to submit his name to the IEBC immediately as he had been duly issued with a nomination certificate.

And residents of Mogotio constituency in Baringo Thursday streamed in their numbers to polling stations to participate in the UDA nominations. This after the exercise was nullified last week owing to several claims of rigging and anomalies


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