“The party itself has submitted on oath the register that was used to conduct nominations in Murang’a County with 514,725 members, and which all aspirants had been notified about,” Governor wa Iria argues in his replying affidavit.
“The register applied not just to the gubernatorial position but all other elective positions, including for the Woman Representative and Senator.”
He states that the prayer on the voters register was not part of the complaints in the original petition to the Jubilee appeals board.
“It is also strange that during the first nomination held on April 21, 2017 before it was cancelled by the party due to logistical challenges and a repeat ordered for 26th April, 2017, the same register was used, yet the Mr Kamau never raised any complaint with the party or at all,” the governor notes.
He added that not even Mr Kamau’s agents raised an issue with the register.
The governor also accuses Mr Kamau of flouting the tribunal’s rules by not swearing an affidavit to support his case.
The affidavit calling for cancellation of the results is sworn by Mr Maina Gatundu, a complainant.
Mr Kamau also alleges widespread malpractices in the primaries, including ballot stuffing and voter bribery.
To this, Mr wa Iria responded: “I attained in excess of 87,274 votes to that of Jamleck Kamau and it has not been shown that the alleged malpractices would have had the effect of altering the will of the people or the final outcome of the nominations exercise.
“The register used by the party applied to all elective positions within Murang’a and the voting pattern for the gubernatorial position also mirrors that of the Woman Representative as shown by the party.”
Mr wa Iria further claims that Mr Kamau’s appeal was filed outside the stipulated time.
The tribunal is set to issue a ruling tomorrow afternoon.
But it is not clear whether that will bring the curtain down on the dispute and allow voters in Murang’a, one of the counties with the highest votes in the country, to know who their Jubilee flag-bearer in the August polls will be.
This is because any of the parties dissatisfied with the tribunal’s verdict could still rush to the High Court for redress, dragging the matter further.