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Presidential race down to eight aspirants

Only eight candidates have been cleared to present their nomination papers for the presidential race in the August 8 general elections.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Saturday published a list of aspirants whose nomination papers it will receive on Sunday and Monday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

Excluded from the list are 10 aspirants who had expressed interested in vying for the presidency.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is currently attending the G7 Summit in Italy, is expected to present his papers on Monday afternoon.

Opposition leader and Nasa candidate Raila Odinga will present his papers on Sunday afternoon.


First to submit his papers on Sunday will be Third Way Alliance of Kenya candidate Ekuru Aukot who will be followed by Abduba Dida of the Alliance For Real Change.

Another candidate, Justus Juma of Justice and Freedom Party, will be the last presidential candidate to present his papers on Monday evening.

Other aspirants who will join President Uhuru on Monday in presenting their papers will former Cabinet Minister Joe Nyagah and Michael Wainaina Mwaura, both of whom are running as independent candidates.

The other candidate is Khwa Jirongo Shakhlaga who is the United Democratic Party’s flag bearer.

Earlier this week, IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said all measures have been put in place to ensure the exercise will be above board.