IEBC set to verify signatures seeking Samboja impeachment

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will verify the signatures on the petition seeking to dissolve Taita-Taveta county government just days after the Senate dismissed MCAs’ bid to impeach Governor Granton Samboja.
IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati said the verification of signatures to ensure they belong to voters from the county before taking the next action is set to start. The petition was forwarded to the commission on Wednesday afternoon.
Chebukati said he received the petition from Principal Administrative Secretary to the Cabinet Kennedy Kihara, who said it had been presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“IEBC is the only body that has the custody of the voters’ register and therefore, the office of the president has approached us to verify whether they are genuine voters,” said Chebukati.
He said the verification of the signatures would take around a week before the petition is returned to the President.
Samboja is defending his seat in court after MCAs impeached him.
Despite the hearing being slated for November 28, a Senate committee that was set up to investigate the ouster has cleared him of all the charges made against him by MCAs.
The 11-member team chaired by Embu Senator Njeru Ndwiga on October 24 dismissed the charges levelled against the governor.
Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka announced that the committee absolved him of all the six charges, allowing him to continue serving as governor.

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