Candidate upsurge

Kenya election 2022: A record 47 independents vie for the presidency

By Victor Abuso

Posted on May 3, 2022 09:58

On Monday 2 May 2022, the registrar submitted the list of names to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for the final clearance, in line with election timelines.

Independent aspirants are those who have satisfied the electoral body that they are not a member of any registered political party in Kenya.

They all applied online. If they are cleared by the IEBC to contest, they will be the largest number of presidential contenders on the ballot since Kenya’s multi-party elections in 1992.

According to the registrar of political parties, Ann Nderitu, the upsurge in the number of independent aspirants for the presidency and other leadership positions “is mostly because of awareness as compared to previous polls”.

What are your qualifications?

What are the qualifications required for an independent presidential candidate to be cleared by the IEBC ?

  • A clearance certificate from the registrar of political parties certifying that the person was not a member of any political party for the last three months before the elections.
  • At least 2,000 supporters from each of the majority of the counties in Kenya.
  • A symbol the candidate intends to use during the election, which has been approved by the commission 21 days before nomination day.
  • Establish and maintain a functioning office.

Who are the aspirants?

Among the notable hopefuls is a US-based professor, Japheth Kaluyu. He was one of the three 2017 independent presidential candidates and finished in fifth place.