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47 Kenyans to run for presidency as independent candidates

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By Judith Gicobi

In the August General Election, a total of 47 people have been certified to run as independent candidates for the country’s presidency.
According to Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu, the number of independent candidates in this year’s elections has increased overall, with 7,111 hopefuls expected to run for various seats on August 9.

In comparison to the 2017 polls, Nderitu attributes the increase to candidates’ increased political awareness.

“The increase is mostly because of awareness as compared to previous polls. A majority of them did not participate in the party primaries; they started applying before the primaries,” she explained.

If authorized to run by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the presidential candidates, along with flag-bearers fielded by various political parties, will form the longest presidential ballot paper since the 1992 multi-party elections.

104 of the 7,111 have been cleared to run for governor, while 141 have been cleared to run for senator. Meanwhile, 110 women will run for the woman representative post, and 944 will run for MP seats.

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