Call for overhaul of IEBC over Mariga clearance

Rarienda Member of Parliament Otiende Amollo has called for an overhaul of IEBC following the decision.

The decision by Independent Electoral and Boundaries (IEBC) to clear Jubilee’s MacDonald Mariga to vie for Kibra parliamentary by-election has attracted a public backlash and outcry.

Rarienda Member of Parliament Otiende Amollo has called for an overhaul of IEBC following the decision.  In a tweet, Amollo faulted the decision by the IEBC to clear Mariga, who had been barred form contesting for the seat on grounds that his name was not found in the voter’s register.

The tribunal headed by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and Commissioners Boya Molu and Prof. Abdi Guliye ruled that the Jubilee candidate was duly registered as a voter.

“The complainant is duly registered as a voter. The respondent’s decision of September 10, 2019, declining the nomination of the complainant on account that he was not registered as a voter is hereby set aside,” said Chebukati.

“Listening to the Pontifications & Prevarications Of  The IEBC Commissioners; It is clear to me, more than before, that we must Sweep the Commission Clean at the Top Levels!” tweeted Amollo.

Renowned lawyer Donald Kipkorir also faulted IEBC, terming the decision as “great traverse of justice.”

“With tremendous respect, I wholly disagree with IEBC ruling on McDonald Mariga. That the law PROHIBITS all residents of Kibra from registering as Voters once the Seat was declared Vacant but allow Outsiders to register as Voters & contest the seat is a Great Travesty Of Justice,” he tweeted.

The tribunal headed by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and Commissioners Boya Molu and Prof. Abdi Guliye ruled that the Jubilee candidate was duly registered as a voter.

Chebukati on Monday directed Kibra constituency Returning Officer Beatrice Muli to process Mariga’s application ahead of the mini-polls.

“The respondent is hereby ordered to process the complainant’s application for nomination as the Jubilee Party’s candidate for the Kibra constituency by-election slated for November 7, 2019 in accordance with the law. Each party shall bear their own costs,” Chebukati said.

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