Speaking to the Nation, Mr Changwony, who also lost to Mr Tolgos in 2013, confirmed that he had secured the independent certificate and was ready to launch a serious campaign for the seat.

“Having had extensive consultations with my supporters, I have decided to take the necessary step to vie for the seat as an independent,” Mr Changwony said.

The fate of Keiyo South MP Jackson Kiptanui who lost in the Jubilee primaries is yet to be known, although reports are that he might have dropped out of the race altogether.

After coming second in the nominations, the lawmaker did not concede defeat and consequently challenged the results at the Political Parties’ Disputes Tribunal but the case was dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence.

NO TRANSPARENCY
The MP had served for two consecutive terms after trouncing former powerful Cabinet minister in the Kanu era, Mr Nicholas Biwott.

Another candidate, who will be in the ballot as an independent, is former Marakwet East MP Linah Kilimo, who will be seeking the same parliamentary seat.

Ms Kilimo disputed her close loss to incumbent Kangongo Bowen in the Jubilee Party primaries and vowed to renew the contest with Mr Kangogo on August 8.

“There was absolute lack of transparency in the conduct of the nominations and it is for this reason that I have considered to offer my candidature on an independent ticket,” Ms Kilimo said.

"She said voter bribery, interference by presiding officials and turning away voters cost her victory in favour of the incumbent and therefore she would still be in the ballot come August.

QUEST FOR POWER
A university lecturer, Prof Joel Kiboss, who stayed away from the nominations, is challenging Mr Murkomen and Mr David Kimaiyo of Kanu for the senate seat as an independent.

Another independent candidate for governor is Mr Anthony Chelimo.

Also set to be on the ballot as independents come the August 8 General Election are members of the county assembly Vincent Kipchumba (Soy North Ward), Simion Chebii, (Embolot Ward), and Chardwick Kirop (Endo Ward).

County Assembly Deputy Speaker Paul Suter, who was beaten by 27 votes in the Jubilee primaries in Sambirir Ward has also secured the Independent Party ticket.

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