Wajackoyah denied ticket to run for president

Roots Party presidential aspirant George Luchiri Wajackoyah has been denied a ticket by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to run for president.

According to IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati, Wakackoyah failed to meet the 48,000-signature requirement.

“We have looked at your documentation and you have complied with all requirements except the supporters’ list. In the list of signatures, only 17 counties were compliant while the others had a shortfall,” Chebukati told Wajackoyah.

Wajackoyah was accompanied by his running mate Justina Wamae. The two have been given until June 2, 2022 to comply with the signatures requirement if he intends to be on the ballot come August 9th.

“You need a minimum of 8 counties to fill the gap for us to reconsider your application. We will give you an opportunity to seek the signatures,” said Chebukati.

IEBC requires presidential aspirants to submit 2,000 signatures from at least 24 counties but only signatures from 17 counties had met the threshold.

Usawa kwa Wote presidential hopeful Mwangi Wa Iria was also denied ticket to run for president.

Wa Iria is accusing IEBC of selling his signatures to other candidates, days after his name was removed from the nomination register.

He caused drama at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday when security officers blocked him from accessing the venue for clearance.

“I must be on the ballot,” he said, “IEBC must stop the games they are playing.”

Other hopefuls disqualified are Jirani Mzalendo party’s Lengala David William and eight independent candidates — Ndekerere Joseph Kundu, Katoni Benjamin Kevin Ndambuki, Nyagoko Jacob Oanda, Aoko Benard Ongir, Odhiambo Kevin Onyango, Ngechu Moses Gichuki, Mbugua Benson Mwaura and Kihuha Esther Waringa.

Lawrence Baraza

Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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