The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has cleared Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi to participate in the August 9 poll.
Sudi is seeking re-election using the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.
There have been questions of whether he will be cleared to vie or not, based on the ongoing case over his academic papers.
The vocal legislator was on Monday, May 30, 2022, given a green light to seek another term by the Kapseret Constituency IEBC Returning Officer Mildred Wachiye.
“For MP, academic qualification is not a requirement. That only applies for governor and president aspirants,” Wachiye told journalists.
“We checked his documents and verified and confirmed that they are correct before we cleared him. We gave him the certificate and he is now a candidate,” she added.
Sudi did not present the papers personally but they were presented by his lawyer. This is after he wrote a letter indicating that he was out of the country.
The MP will now be on the ballot, as he seeks a third term.
A number of candidates and seeking to unseat him, among them former Kapseret/Simat MCA Pauline Tuwei, Frank Murgor, and Steve Kewa – all vying as independent candidates.
IEBC officials in Uasin Gishu County have been receiving nomination papers from aspirants eyeing various seats.
Governor Jackson Mandago submitted his papers on Monday and was cleared to vie for the Senate seat.
Speaking after his bid was cleared, Mandago said his move to go for the Senate seat was inspired by the need to strengthen devolution, having experienced, first-hand, as a pioneer Governor, its shortcoming in terms of resources still being held on by the National Government, especially in health and agriculture sectors.
“Work in the Senate is to ensure resources get to counties. As a pioneer governor, I know we have a lot of money the national government is holding on in Health and Agriculture which are fully devolved functions,” he said.
Other aspirants that were on Monday cleared by IEBC include Kesses MP Dr. Swarup Mishra who is seeking re-election as an independent candidate and UDA nominee for the seat CPA Julius Ruto.
Soy MP UDA nominee who is also the Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker David Kiplagat was also given a green light to officially begin his parliamentary campaign.