Is IEBC Incompetent? Kenyans Roast Electoral Body After Clearing Mariga

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati on the receiving end of alleged foul play.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is on the receiving end of numerous blames insinuating that the body is at fault for allowing Jubilee Party candidate, McDonald Mariga, to contest in the Kibra by-election.

On Monday,  IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati annulled the decision by Kibra constituency Returning Officer Beatrice Muli, who had declined to clear Mariga for the by-election, and ordered her to process the former football star’s application for nomination.

“The respondent is hereby ordered to process the Complainant’s Application for nomination as Jubilee Party’s candidate for Kibra Constituency By-election slated for November 7th, in accordance to the Law,” stated Chebukati.

The committee ruled that Mariga was a registered voter hence deserved a right to be a candidate.

Mariga had gone to IEBC’s Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) to defend his candidature after Muli ruled that he was not a registered voter, hence ineligible to contest for the seat.

The committee met on Friday where both sides presented their case.

The decision by the  electoral body has elicited mixed reactions from a section of social media users with some alleging  foul play.

Jubilee Party candidate McDonald Mariga cleared to contest in the Kibra by election.

Rarienda Member of Parliament, Otiende Amollo, slammed the commission for the decision claiming that its top leadership was in a mess.

“It is clear to me, more than before, that we must Sweep the Commission Clean at the Top Levels!” He noted.

According to city lawyer Donald Kipkorir, the commission was misguided in its conclusion.

“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 noted.

Many Kenyans also expressed their reservation on the decision saying the IEBC’s ruling was questionable.

In comparison with Kethi Kilonzo’s case, some said the decision was an indictment to electoral justice.

Here is how Kenyans tweeted on the matter:


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