IEBC is said to have locked over 30 presidential hopefuls in the coming general elections after they were unable to meet its deadline. According to the IEBC directive all presidential hopefuls were expected to provide the elections commission with 48,000 signatures. The signatures were supposed to be collected from over 24 counties in the country.
According to the commissions directive each aspirant was supposed to collect 2000 signatures from each of the 24 counties. The signatures are supposed to be accompanied by a photocopy of the national ID card.
However as of yesterday by 5 pm only 16 hopefuls had already complied with this measure. Kenyan citizens had raised concerns over how the Presidential ballot would look like after over 55 candidates declared interest in the race.
The IEBC had organised a meeting with all the hopefuls earlier this week. During the meeting, the aspirants indicated that the collection signatures had become a very expensive affair running into the millions.
Among those who have been locked out include popular gospel artist Reuben Kigame. Kigame was at one time considered a force to reckon with after announcing but his popularity has been dwindling slowly.
Many Politicians have a problem a dwindling popularity. This in linked to the fact that most of the lack the financial capabilities to mount extensive campaigns.
The electoral commission is expected to verify the signatures and later turn over names of the hopefuls to the appropriate investigative bodies for clearance.