The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has recalled Walter Mong’are, the presidential candidate of the Umoja Summit Party, to a meeting in Bomas, Kenya.
The IEBC released a statement on Twitter announcing the summons after his Safina opponent, Jimi Wanjigi, protested over his degree.
The commission tweeted, “The Commission has summoned Umoja Summit Party Presidential candidate Walter Mong’are to a meeting @Bomasofkenya at 2 p.m.”
Wanjigi elevated concerns that Mong’are should not have been cleared as he also lacks a degree certificate.
“You cannot apply different rules to different people. And if this is the intention and your direction as a commission then I fear greatly for the coming election,” Wanjigi said.
Wanjigi has failed the clearance threshold by the IEBC of 48,000 and has not provided any eligible degree.
Wanjingi, however, claims he has provided some transcripts and he is set to graduate in December.
According to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, lacked the required signatures and failed to present copies of supporters’ IDs who sponsored his presidential campaign.
“We have allowed others who have problems with signatures to harmonise, and we can also allow you in the remaining hours to do so, but you must bring a physical copy of your degree certificate before I clear you,” Chebukati said.
After properly submitting the required paperwork to Chebukati, Mong’are was the first candidate to be cleared by IEBC on May 30, 2022.
Mong’are, 45, and his running mate Rachel Dorah Mwakazi were both cleared.
Previously, the presidential candidate worked as a comedian, radio host, and communications director in Nairobi and Kisii counties, respectively.
Mong’are was most recently the director of youth initiatives at the State House Office of the President.