The Commission noted that there was no law the former Vice President had contravened in his quest to vie for the top seat even though he has signed a deed of agreement with the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition.
It added that the body mandated to ensure that the contents of the agreement between parties is the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties. Therefore, it cannot deny Kalonzo the ticket even if his move will be against the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition pact he signed.
In context, IEBC will only use a checklist to verify Kalonzo's eligibility. The checklist will comprise the constitutional bare minimum it takes for a presidential aspirant to be cleared to run. That includes whether he is a Kenyan citizen and does not possess dual citizenship, is eligible to run for MP, belongs to a political party or is registered as independent, has been nominated by his political party, is not bankrupt and is a registered voter.
The IEBC disclosed that the only thing that can stop it from processing Kalonzo's clearance is if it receives a petition to stop the activity by an interested party or if a court order against Kalonzo's candidacy is obtained.
The agency will have a meeting with all presidential candidates at Bomas of Kenya in the coming days in order to officiate them. Meanwhile, talks between Wiper and Azimio to have Kalonzo go back to the outfit have reportedly hit a snag.
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