IEBC rejects Wanjigi’s presidential application for lack of a degree

Safina Party Presidential aspirant Jimi Wanjigi. His application was on Monday rejected by IEBC due to lack of a degree certificate./COURTESY

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has rejected businessman Jimi Wanjigi’s application to run for presidency in the August 2022 general elections.

Wanjigi, who was vying for the top seat under the Safina party, presented his papers for registration as a Presidential candidate before IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati on Monday at The Bomas of Kenya.

However, his application was rejected by IEBC for failing to provide a degree certificate.

“The Safina Party Presidential candidate Jimi Wanjigi’s application also did not meet the required minimum number of supporters as it fell short by one (1) county,” said IEBC.

Safina Party presidential aspirant Jimi Wanjigi while presenting his papers to IEBC on Monday.

Wanjigi is not the first candidate to be rejected by IEBC, Third Way Alliance Party’s Ekuru Aukot application was also rejected by IEBC on Sunday for failing to provide ID copies of his supporters.

“Dr Aukot also failed to meet the minimum number of signatures from his supporters, which is required for registration as a Presidential candidate,” said IEBC.

Independent Presidential aspirants June Juliet Munyeki, Dorothy Kemunto Nyangori, George Munyottah and Peter King’ori’s applications for registration as Presidential candidates were also rejected for not meeting the minimum number of supporters’ IDs and signatures.

Apart from being a Kenyan citizen, Presidential aspirants and their running mates must also be holders of a degree from a University recognized in Kenya among other requirements.