The Kenyan government has formed a multi-agency committee to vet and approve those vying for posts in the Aug. 8 general elections, officials said Wednesday.

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Attorney General Githu Muigai said candidates for elective seats in the county and national government will be required to meet a higher threshold of integrity and academic qualifications before they are cleared to contest.

“We have put mechanisms in place to ensure candidates vying for elective seats are vetted properly on their professional and integrity merit,” Muigai told reporters in Nairobi.

Kenyans will go to the polling booths on August 8 to elect a president, lawmakers and ward representatives.

Experts predict the August general elections to be hotly contested and their outcomes will have far-reaching implications on Kenya’s stability and economic health.

As part of election preparedness, Kenyan agencies charged with security, law enforcement and war against graft have developed a set of guidelines to be adhered by aspirants in order to ensure the polls are peaceful and transparent.

Wafula Chebukati, Chairman of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), said aspirants are required to prove they are Kenyan citizens, have no criminal record and are of sound mind. Enditem

Source: Christine Lagat, Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh