Kibra by-election: IEBC to deliver verdict on Mariga’s candidature today

Kibra by-election: IEBC to deliver verdict on Mariga's candidature today
Mariga receiving his party certificate at the Jubilee headquarters on September 10, 2019.

Football star McDonald Mariga who filed an appeal over the invalidation of his candidature in the Kibra by-election will know his fate on Monday.

The national polls body, IEBC, said its Dispute Resolution Committee had listened to all the submissions and would retreat to consult before issuing a verdict.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati heads the team which also has Commissioners Boya Molu and Prof. Abdi Guliye as members.

According to the polls body, 30 aspirants registered to vie for in the Kibra by-election but only 23 candidates were cleared.

“7 aspirants were either disqualified or did not appear for clearance,” IEBC said.

Mariga, who is the Jubilee flag bearer for the mini-poll, had his name struck off the aspirants list after it emerged that he was apparently not a registered voter.

DP William Ruto later said: “JUBILEE’s Mariga is among 20 others. How can anybody contemplate our party,party leadership and machinery supporting any other candidate? The media should spare us these ugly shenanigans. The narrative is not funny let alone being newsworthy. Credit kenyans with some intelligence.”

The National Assembly and Presidential Elections Act Chapter 7 states that registration of electors and revision of the register of electors may be carried out at all times except in the case of any by-election, between the date of the
declaration of the vacancy of the seat concerned and the date of such by-election.

Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi declared the Kibra MP seat vacant on August 14 following the death of Ken Okoth who succumbed to cancer.

IEBC then announced that the by-election would be held on November 7.

Reports indicate that Mariga apparently applied for voter registration on August 26, which was 12 days after the date of the declaration of the vacancy of the seat.

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