The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) concluded the registration exercise for presidential candidates on Monday.

The National Returning Officer of the presidential elections Wafula Chebukati presided over the exercise that began on Monday last week.

IEBC chairperson who was also the National Returning Officer issued a statement at the end of the exercise.

“The Commission has today finalized the registration of Presidential candidates. I. Wafula Wanyonyi Chebukati, presided over this exercise as the Returning Officer of the Presidential Elections,” Chebukati said.

After the rigorous exercise, the following candidates met the requisite constitutional and statutory requirements, and were therefore successful in their bid to contest as candidates for President:

  1. David Mwaure Waihiga (Agano Party)
  2. Prof. George Wajackoyah (Roots Party)
  3. Raila Odinga (Azimio Coalition Political Party)
  4. William Ruto (United Democratic Alliance)

According to Chebukati, the following candidates did not meet the requisite constitutional and statutory requirements, and their applications were therefore unsuccessful:

  1. Eliud Muthiora Kariara (Independent)
  2. Dorothy Kemunto Nyangori (Independent)
  3. Dr. Ekuru Aukot (Thirdway Alliance Party)
  4. Gibson Ngaruiya Nganga (Independent)
  5. George Munyottah (Independent)
  6. Jeremiah Nyagah (Independent)
  7. James Kamau (Independent)
  8. Jimi Wanjigi (Safina Party)
  9. June Juliet Munyeki (Independent)
  10. Justus Juma (Justice & Freedom)
  11. Peter Mumbiko King'ori (Independent)
  12. Walter Onchong'a Mong'are (Umoja Summit Party)
  13. Njeru Kathangu (Ford Asili)

Regulation 43 (2) (c) of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012 provides that a returning officer shall hold a nomination paper invalid on grounds that the candidate is not qualified to be, or is disqualified by law to have been nominated or elected to the elective post for which nomination is sought.

After details emerged about one presidential candidate, Walter Mong’are of the Umoja Summit Party, regarding his academic qualifications, Chebukati invited Mong’are to the Bomas of Kenya for clarification.

Unfortunately, Mong’are did not show up for the meeting and his certificate was revoked.

“As the Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, upon discovery of new information on Walter Onchong'a Mong'are's lack of academic qualifications, I invited him to appear before me today at 2.00pm to clarify the issue. He failed to honour my invitation and pursuant to Regulation 43 (2) (c) of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012, 1 hereby revoke the nomination certificate of Walter Onchong'a Mong'are of Umoja Summit Party dated 2nd June 2022,” Chebukati said.

The commission reminded all candidates to abide by the Electoral Code of Conduct during the campaign period.