In Summary

  • Kabuchai MP James Lusweti Mukwe has been listed as a nominee for the same seat by two parties.
  • Some of the 89 cases might be honest mistakes by the political parties.
  • IEBC has said that it will reach out to the affected politicians to “ascertain the facts”.

At least 89 people, including a sitting MP, risk being locked out of the August elections after their names were submitted by more than one political party as nominees.

Kabuchai MP James Lusweti Mukwe has been listed as a nominee for the same seat both on a Ford Kenya ticket and also on the Federal Party of Kenya.

Under the Political Parties Act, it is illegal for anyone to belong to more than one party, at any given time, even worse to want to contest as such.

While some of the 89 cases might be honest mistakes by the political parties, others, however, might as well be cases of politicians trying to be too clever and wanting to hit two birds with one stone.

ASCERTAIN FACTS

Thursday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said that while the instant penalty will be to disqualify such aspirants, the agency will reach out to them to “ascertain the facts”.

“We are reaching out to political parties to clarify such cases. By law, no one should belong to more than one political party. However, as the names are uploaded to our system we do not wish to penalise any aspirant until we ascertain the facts,” IEBC Commissioner Roselyne Akombe told the Nation.

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