IEBC clears Mariga to run for Kibra parliamentary seat

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Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) tribunal has cleared footballer MacDonald Mariga to run for the Kibra by-election.
Mariga petitioned the commission after Kibra Returning Officer Beatrice Muli invalidated his nomination on grounds that his name was missing from the register of voters.
Making the ruling on Monday, IEBC Dispute Tribunal said it is obligated to conduct continuous registration of citizens as voters.
“It is our finding that the complainant was duly registered as a voter,” IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said.
Mariga’s legal team led by lawyer Elisha Ongoyi pushed Muli to admit an error on her part and pleaded with the committee to rectify the mistake by overturning the decision.
Mariga’s candidature has split the ruling party right in the middle with those allied to Deputy President William Ruto accusing the ruling party secretary general Raphael Tuju of being behind Mariga’s woes.
The seat fell vacant after former MP Ken Okoth died of cancer on July 26 at the Nairobi Hospital.
The by-election will be held on November 7.
Other candidates include ODM’s Bernard Imran Okoth and Eliud Owalo of ANC.

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