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Kalonzo Allowed to Resubmit Signatures for Presidential Bid

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has been given a chance to resubmit signatures supporting his presidential bid. 

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) allowed the former Vice President to resubmit the list of his supporters despite claims that he has rejoined Azimio One Kenya coalition. 

IEBC had locked Kalonzo out of the August 9 presidential race after failing to provide the electoral commission with the list of his supporters in Microsoft Excel sheet. 

In a letter addressed to National Elections Board chairperson Agatha Solitei, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati instructed the outfit to resubmit the signatures before 9 am today. 

“The commission has considered and acceded to your request to be allowed to submit the soft copy of your list of supporters in excel format by May 29, 2022, at 9 am at the Bomas of Kenya, failing which your documentation will not be certified as compliant,” said Chebukati. 

The party had protested the move by IEBC to disqualify Kalonzo, although the commission had instructed presidential hopefuls to submit signatures of 48,000 supporters in both hardcopy and softcopy. 

“During the said pre-nomination meeting, where Wiper Democratic Movement Party was represented, the commission re-emphasised the requirement that aspirants submit the list of supporters in both hardcopy and softcopy in excel format,” Chebukati added. 

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka PHOTO/OURTESY

This comes a day after IEBC cleared 16 contestants to contest for the country’s top seat and they are set to present their nomination certificates before the final clearance. 

The 16 include nine who are vying through political parties and coalitions and seven independents with the leading runners being Azimio’s Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA). 

Kalonzo is among 13 presidential candidates who were forced out of the race after failing to meet the strict demands of 48,000 supporters from 24 counties. 

At the same time, his allies stated that the Wiper leader had settled for the chief minister offered to him by Raila after unveiling Martha Karua as his running mate.

“He called us to a meeting and told us to announce that he had decided to work with those who are determined to foster peace and end corruption in Kenya

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“Although we have been mistreated, we shall work with these people,” Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr said.

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