Safina Party presidential flag-bearer Jimmy Wanjigi has been disqualified by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from the presidential contest in the August 9 polls.
The electoral board disclosed that Wanjigi’s application to run for presidency was rejected because the business man did not have a university degree.
According to reports, Wanjigi had presented a letter from Daystar University that indicated that he would be graduating with an undergraduate in December 2022.
“A degree certificate is mandatory and due to that, I am rejecting your application to be nominated as a candidate for presidential election slated for August 9, this year. That is my decision as the returning officer for presidential elections,” Chebukati ruled.
Wanjigi upon receiving the news stated that the move was meant to lock him out of contesting for the top seat in the forthcoming elections adding that there was a huge elimination process carried out somewhere with intentions to lock him out.
Wanjigi further stated that the rules imposed on him were not similar to those given to other candidates who have already been cleared by the board alleging injustice in the process.
“It is very clear what is going on here, there is a very clear ‘mchujo’ being decided somewhere else, not here
“You cannot apply different rules to different people, and this is the intention and your direction as a commission, then I fear greatly for the coming elections,” Wanjigi said.
Wanjigi also found fault with IEBC for clearing Walter Mong’are to contest for the same post despite not having a degree.
“We want you to respond on the clearance that you gave to Walter Nyambane, similar facts, same university, was cleared on the strength of that letter. Why are you running away when it comes to our candidate?” He said.
Chebukati advised the two to head to the dispute resolution committee.
“It is my decision, and if you any issues, we the dispute resolution committee, thank you very much and these proceedings are over,” he stated.
Candidates who have been cleared by the commission include; Kenyan Kwanza flag-bearer William Ruto, Azimio La Umoja flag-bearer Raila Odinga, Prof Wajackoya, Walter Mongare among others.
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