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Top Newspaper Headlines for August 10: IEBC to reject nomination lists with no two-thirds gender rule

The country’s top newspapers widely reported on Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) move to limit how much political parties and aspirants will spend in the 2022 General Elections.

The dailies also reported on Deputy President William Ruto’s statement following the arrest and deportation of his Turkish associate, Harun Aydin.

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The Standard

IEBC recently announced that all civil servants seeking to run for elective seats come 2022 must quit their jobs six months to the General Elections.

Speaking in a presser, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati also noted that the elections body will not accept nomination lists that do not adhere to the two-thirds gender rule.

Further, IEBC stated that they target to have 25 million registered voters up from the current 20 million voters ahead of the polls.

People Daily

Former Chief Justice David Maraga has opposed plans to postpone the 2022 polls, the daily reported.

Maraga said postponement of the polls will extend President Uhuru Kenyatta’s stay in office, a move that will require a referendum.

The former CJ who was on loggerheads with Uhuru during hia tenure dismissed the move arguing that there was nothing exceptional to warrant the election date change.

Taifa Leo

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka on Monday, August 9 launched his 2022 presidential bid.

While officially announcing his plans to run for the top seat, the former Vice President unveiled a campaign platform based on a five pillar economy.

He also clarified that One Kenya Alliance (OKA) will remain united ahead of the 2022 polls, with Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi who was among the guests at the event, said they would continue working together.

Daily Nation

IEBC highlighted the country’s costly elections after unveiling a KSh 40 billion budget and campaign financing caps.

Speaking on Monday, Chebukati stated that the elections body has a deficit of KSh 14.57 billion as the National Treasury had only allocated KSh 26.34 billion to conduct the 2022 polls.

Further, expenditure for political parties has been limited to KSh 17.7 billion, with caps for specific items including transportation (KSh 11.8 billion), advertising and media (KSh 1.8 billion), election agents (KSh 11.5 billion).

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The Star

Deputy President William Ruto has blasted government operatives in the Office of the President over the arrest and deportation of Turkish national Aydin Harun for reportedly having links to terrorism.

Following the deportation, the DP said he telephoned the businessman and apologised on behalf of the Kenyan Government.

According to the DP, Aydin, who was arrested upon arrival from Uganda, was tortured and falsely profiled as a ‘terrorist’ but later asked to fly out not to shame those involved.

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