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Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:22 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) undertook an induction workshop for aspirants of various positions in Nakuru County with the participating aspirants expressing satisfaction with level of preparedness for the August 8 polls by the IEBC.
Aspirants for the gubernatorial, senate and women representative positions were taken through the registration procedure by the county returning officer at the regional IEBC headquarters while induction for the aspirants for the members of county assembly was undertaken at the Menengai Social Hall.
Nakuru senator James Kiarie Mungai, who is vying for gubernatorial seat as an independent candidate, said IEBC had made a wise decision to set up a pre-registration clearance desk which will be useful to aspirants to ensure that they confirm with all the registration requirements before the final registration day.
Mr Mungai said that this will spare aspirants the agony of rushing correct anomalies during the last day when they can be caught off guard and locked out of the race. While appreciating the fact that all candidates had shown maturity in the conduct of Jubilee Party primaries campaigns, independent women representative aspirant Agnes Njambi Githinji said that candidates should observe all the rules set by the IEBC in order to avoid disqualification and chaos that might be meted on them by their opponents supporters.
She at the same time called on the electoral body to ensure strict adherence to the electoral code of conduct by the aspirants. There are seven gubernatorial aspirants in Nakuru County four of whom are independent while the rest are sponsored by Jubilee party, Kanu and CCM.
Seven aspirants will be battling out for the senate seat where four will be contesting as independent candidates while the rest are sponsored by Jubilee, ODM, Third Way Alliance and Mazingira Green Party.
The women representative seat has attracted twelve candidates where five will be contesting as independent candidates while the rest are sponsored by Chama cha Mashinani, ODM, Jubilee, Kanu, Safina and National Vision Party.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County