IEBC official: I followed the law in blocking Mariga’s candidature

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Former Harambee Stars player McDonald Mariga denied a chance to vie for the Kibra parliamentary seat slated November 7 after his name was not found in the KIEMS kit, IEBC official has said.
IEBC returning officer Beatrice Muli has explained that the electoral body took Mariga’s documents through same process other candidates underwent but unfortunately his name was missing from the KIEMs kit.
“We received Mariga document on September 10 and Mariga went through the nomination process the same way other candidates did. We have a checklist which we use to clear candidates,” she said.
Muli said the relevant documents were first submitted to verification desk and forwarded to her.
She said IEBC nomination checklist requires aspirant be a registered voter.

Muli insisted that the only way the returning officer can verify if the aspirant is a registered voter is checking the register in the KIEMS.
She said however in Mariga’s case, upon presenting his ID cards, his details could not be found in the KIEMS.
The search was repeated several times but his details could still not be found.
According to section 5 (1) b of the Elections Act, all electoral activities including voter registration must stop upon declaration of a vacancy.
“Mariga applied for registration on August 26 after the vacancy was declared on August 14 and IEBC gazetted the by-election on August 16, two days later. By law, the application must be brought to headquarters and all details confirmed before they can be put in the voters’ roll. Once that is done the register will have to be gazetted.

“In this case, Mariga’s application is still pending. He cannot, therefore, be cleared to vie,” said an IEBC official.
Muli is reported to have been prevailed upon by IEBCE Wafula Chebukati to clear Mariga but declined saying in the event of any thing, she will be held personally responsible.
“The law is very clear that IEBC election officials will be held personally liable for any electoral offence. She refused to commit an offence,” said another IEBC official.
On Tuesday evening, IEBC returning officer Muli told Mariga to seek redress with the IEBC Disputes Resolution Board.
The IEBC will give its verdict on Mariga’s petition on Monday next week.

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