The much anticipated presidential debate will be held on Monday, 11th Feb, 2013 from 6:30 PM . Six presidential aspirants have confirmed to participate: namely Peter Kenneth, Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta, Martha Karua, Musalia Mudavadi and Ole Kiyiapi. while the two -Paul Muite and Mohammed Abduba Dida remains unlisted.
The debate will be aired live from Brookhouse International School’s auditorium, and all media stations- radio stations, television stations, and online streaming will cover the presidential debate proceedings.
This event is one of a kind, marking the first debate in Kenya or simply the beginning of new era in Kenyan politics.
Calling on all presidential aspirants to participate in today’s debate, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Isaack Hassan has pointed out that all presidential aspirants are equal in the eyes and estimation of the Commission and that they -P. Muite and M. A Dida should be included.
This is the complete statement:
STATEMENT FROM IEBC CHAIRPERSON
10th February 2013
Mr. Francis Munywoki
The Presidential Debates 2013
RE, INVITATION TO THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
The Commission has learnt that there is a likelihood that not all Presidential candidates for the 4th March 2013 elections have been invited to the Presidential debates scheduled for 11th February 2013.
The Commission held nominations for all the Presidential candidates on 29th and 30th January 2013. All had and do meet all the legal requirements to contest the elections as Presidential candidates.
They are co-equal in the eyes and estimation of the Commission.
This is to inform you that the Commission regards such exclusion as inequitable and undesirable in the circumstances.
We are not privy to the organisation of the event but we do advise that careful thought should be given to our observation.
Ahmed Issack Hassan, EBS
Such regulations are necessary for all aspirants to have equal opportunity and also to Kenyans to make a wise decision come March 4th general elections.
Issues that aspirants are looking forward to address includes security, land issues, reform, unemployment among other things affecting Kenyans.
Although this debate will have minor effect on those who have already decided, the 10% undecided voters will benefit much from this.