Hopefuls’ appeals to be heard in a day

Several aspirants who have presented their complaints to the electoral agency’s disputes resolution committee will know their fate just a day after raising their grievances.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will determine if the hopefuls will be cleared, and if their names will appear on ballot papers come August 8.

A team under IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, sitting at Milimani law courts, made the announcement yesterday.


In almost 72 cases listed for hearing, about nine of those presented as of Monday were for hopefuls seeking senate seats while the rest were for member of county assembly seats.

“We want to give rulings daily. For example matters being heard today, will be dispensed with by tomorrow morning,” said Mr Chebukati.

Among those expected to know their fate today are Homa Bay Senate aspirant Shem Ochuodho, Laikipia’s Samuel Irungu Kabuchwa and Nairobi’s Gabriel Bukachi Chapia.


Mr Chapia told the sitting that he was sick on the days preceding the two dates set for clearing Senate hopefuls and that his car broke down in Makuyu as he was driving from Embu on May 29.

He said although he was in communication with the chief returning officer, he was still not cleared on the said date.

The returning officer confirmed his statements.

“I was not cleared on May 29 because the bank in which aspirants were required to have their cheques processed was not offering the service on that particular day,” Dr Ochuodho told the committee.

Mr Guliya Hussein Abidwahid, who wants to be MCA in Mnarani Ward, Dadaab, told the sitting that there was a curfew in the area after a terrorist attack.


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