Governor Wa Iria vows to stop presidential elections if he is not cleared to run

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Muranga Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has vowed there will be no elections in August if he is not cleared to run for the top seat, following the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) decision to disqualify him from the race.

On Sunday evening at the Bomas of Kenya Governor Wa Iria claimed he had submitted all the requisite documents to the commission and couldn’t understand why his name is missing on the nomination schedule released by the electoral body.

“Even people who failed to meet requirements are in the schedule but my name has been removed… no election will be conducted if I will not contest,”  the Usawa Kwa Wote presidential aspirant said while alleging there was a deliberate plan by unnamed individuals in the commission to bar him from the State House race.

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The commission released a list of the 18 aspirants who are awaiting vetting. 10 aspirants are vying on different political parties’ tickets while the other eight are seeking the top seat as independents.

Those vying on political parties’ tickets include William Ruto (UDA), Raila Odinga (Azimio), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Ekuru Aukot (Thirdway Alliance), Jimi Wanjigi (Safina Party), Njeru Kathangu (Ford Asili), Walter Mong’are (Umoja Summit Party), Justus Juma (Justice and Freedom Party), George Wajackoya (Roots Party) and David Mwaura Wahiga (Agano Party).

Independents are Dorothy Kemunto, Peter Mubiko King’ori, Jeremiah Nyaga, Jane Juliet Munyeki, Eliud Muthiora Kariara, George Munyotta Kamau, James Kamau and Gibson Ng’ang’a.

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