Kenya’s electorate meet with presidential candidates ahead of start of May 29 campaign

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Voters cast their ballots in Kisumu on Lake Victoria on August 8, 2017, as the country heads to the polls for the general election. Kenyans have started voting in a general election marked by an all-too-close battle between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga, sparking fears of violence in East Africa’s wealthiest economy. STR / FREDRIK LERNERYD
FILE PHOTO: Voters cast their ballots in Kisumu on Lake Victoria August 8, 2017 during Kenya’s general election. (Photo by STR/FREDRIK LERNERYD via CFP)

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

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati held deliberations with the aspirants in the capital, Nairobi, where he outlined the requirements needed for a candidate to be allowed to contest the ballot. august.

According to the IEBC, the purpose of the meeting was to clarify the legal requirements for candidate registration, familiarize candidates with the registration process and requirements, and promote commitment to the registration of candidates objective, impartial, efficient, accurate, accountable, safe and secure.

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

The two are seen as early favorites in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is constitutionally barred from seeking another term.

Candidates for the presidency were invited to submit their candidacies from May 29 to June 6.

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