The National Elections Board of the Orange Democratic Party has extended the deadline for the return of application forms by aspirants from today 5/11/12 to 10/12/12 this year.
This has been occasioned by the heavy rains that are pounding most parts of the country therefore making it difficult for aspirants from rural areas to travel to Nairobi.
Board Chairman Col. (Rtd) Dr. Henry Kathurima says the board "took cognizance of the fact that most aspirants have not been able to obtain the necessary vetting documents due to delays occasioned by the various institutions issuing them".
Dr. Kathurima said the Board also decided that aspirants can submit their application forms after making the required payment in the bank as they await the issuance of the said vetting documents.
Dr. Kathurima allayed fears by some aspirants that already some people had been cleared and given wild cards to run in the general elections. "All aspirants should be confident that no aspirant, candidate or person has been cleared or granted an automatic nomination by the NEB or any party official or another party organ" said Dr. Kathurima.
Meanwhile, the Board begins County tours to meet with aspirants tomorrow. The board members will engage with aspirants and take them through the party nomination rules and other guidelines.
On Tuesday (6th) the board members will tour Mombasa to meet aspirants from Mombasa and Kwale Counties, Nyahururu for aspirants from Nyandarua County, Garissa, Siaya, Samburu, Machakos for aspirants from Machakos and Kitui Counties and Meru.
On Wednesday (7th) the commissioners will tour Busia Town, Kepenguria town for the West Pokot County aspirants, Nyeri town, Kisumu town, Marimanti town for Tharaka/ Nithi County aspirants, Narok town and Wote in Makueni County.
On Thursday (8th), the commissioners will be in Malindi town for Kilifi and Lamu Counties aspirants, Bungoma town, Kerugoya town for the Kirinyaga County forum, Homabay town for the Homabay and Migori Counties forum, Kericho town for the Kericho and Bomet Counties forum and Kitale town for the Transnzoia County forum.
On Friday (9th), the tour will be in Kakamega town, Murang'a town, Eldoret town for the Elgeyo/Marakwet and Eldoret Counties forum, Wajir town, Kisii town for the Kisii and Nyamira Counties forum and Kajiado town.
On Saturday (10th) the NEB team will be in Voi town for the Taita/Taveta County forum, Vihiga town, Isiolo town for the Isiolo and Marsabit Counties forum, Kapsabet town for the Nandi County forum and Nakuru town for the Nakuru, Laikipia and Baringo Counties forum.