Kenya’s electoral body meets presidential aspirants ahead of May 29 campaign start

Voters cast their ballot in Kisumu, on Lake Victoria on August 8, 2017, as the country goes to the polls in general elections. Kenyans began voting in general elections headlined by a too-close-to-call battle between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga, sparking fears of violence in east Africa's richest economy. STR / FREDRIK LERNERYD
FILE PHOTO: Voters cast their ballot in Kisumu, on Lake Victoria on August 8, 2017, during Kenya’s general elections. (Photo by STR / FREDRIK LERNERYD via CFP)

Kenya’s electoral body on Monday met with presidential aspirants ahead of the official opening of the campaign period on May 29.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati held deliberations with the aspirants in the capital, Nairobi, where he outlined the requirements needed for one to be cleared to vie in the August poll.

According to the IEBC, the meeting aimed to clarify legal requirements for candidate registration, enable aspirants to get familiar with the registration process and requirements and promote commitment to objective, impartial, efficient, accurate, accountable, safe and secure candidate registration.

Some 55 people have submitted their names to the Commission to contest the August 9 presidential election, including Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The two are considered to be the early frontrunners in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is barred by the Constitution from seeking another term.

The presidential aspirants have been asked to present their nomination papers from May 29 to June 6.