The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has cleared four candidates to contest the Thika town parliamentary seat in the forth coming general elections.
Amongst those cleared is the incumbent Alice Nganga who is vying on a Jubilee Party ticket, Patrick Wainaina (Wa Jungle) contesting as an Independent candidate, George Muritu Gathecha fighting it out on a (Maendeleo Chap Chap party) ticket and Angelina Katumbu Musili (ODM).
Also cleared are 45 Members of the County Assembly from different parties who are contesting for the 5 wards in a duel said to be one of the hottest in Kiambu County.
Speaking to KNA after clearing the last candidate, Thika Constituency returning officer Geoffrey Gitobu revealed that IEBC disqualified the Hospital Ward Independent candidate Martin Ngisili Kiria for failing to meet the required qualifications.
Ngisili was time barred after he failed to present the nomination fee cheque and the list of the supporters was not complete he said.
Gitobu also revealed that the IEBC was still in the process of cleaning up the voter register and the number of registered voters in Thika Constituency that currently stands at 148,804 is expected to rise after the verification of transferred votes.
called on campaigners to maintain peace during the electioneering period adding that the newly enacted elections offences act is in place and that through interagency collaboration perpetrators of violence will be dealt with accordingly.
Maintenance of law and order during the electioneering period is not the prerogative of the IEBC alone as all collaborative agencies which includes the police, service providers and other security agencies will be required to do their due diligence to ensure that the forth coming elections are conducted in a peaceful environment he said.
He said that electoral offenders will now be dealt with accordingly and called on aggrieved persons to present their complaints to the relevant agencies with proper evidence.
Source: Kenya News Agency