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Polls agency to give ruling on election cases today

The IEBC will today issue the verdict on 18 cases involving various candidates in the August polls.

The cases range from violence to use of opponent’s party colours and symbols, especially by the independent candidates.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati, who doubles as the chair of the Electoral Code of

Conduct Enforcement Committee, will render the verdict today.

In the past, the committee has fi ned candidates found culpable and even went ahead to disqualify those who failed to raise the fine.

Migori independent governor aspirant Ochillo Ayacko, Ruaraka MP candidates Elizabeth Ongoro of ANC and Tom Kajwang’ of ODM, Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu and his main rival Nderitu Muriithi are among those who will know their fate today.

Others are Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga, Kasarani MP John Njoroge and Homa Bay MP aspirant Martin Ogindo.

Akaranga, Njoroge, Muriithi and Ayacko have been accused of using colours and symbols of political parties they are not members of in their campaign posters, banners and billboards. They have also been accused of using either President Uhuru Kenyatta or NASA candidate Raila Odinga’s portraits in their campaign materials.

Ayacko was also accused by Migori Governor Okoth Obado of being behind the numerous attacks at his political rallies by hired youths. Obado has denied the accusations.

Muriithi, who also faces accusations of meting out violence on Irungu’s supporters, has also denied the allegations before the Chebukati-led committee.

He instead accused Irungu of trying to gag him from campaigning for his preferred presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta in Laikipia county.

The independent candidate has also accused Irungu of sponsoring attacks on his supporters during rallies.

Ongoro and Kajwang’ have been jointly accused of defacing their opponents’ Allan Masika. The duo, through their lawyers, denied the accusations and asked the committee to dismiss the case, claiming it lacks merit and full of generalities.

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