In Summary
  • Mr Mbobu said evidence tabled proved the Jubilee exercise was marred with irregularities.
  • The tribunal also upheld the win by Mr John Awiti for Kisumu West parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket.

The nomination of Mr Mwangi wa Iria as Jubilee Party’s governor candidate for Murang’a County was cancelled by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal (PPDT) yesterday.

At the same time, Ms Faith Wairimu Gitau was confirmed by the High Court as the Nyandarua County Woman representative candidate.

While ordering repeat primaries within 96 hours in Murang’a, PPDT members Mr Kyalo Mbobu, Mr James Atemi and Mr Hassan Abdi said, “The members who turned up to vote exceeded the registered members of JP in the county by 53,000”.

Mr Mbobu said the nomination exercise was clouded with a myriad of electoral malpractices, which compromised the democratic principles of free and fair elections.

“The nomination exercise was not free and fair and accordingly, we order JP to hold fresh nominations,” the PPDT directed.

Mr Mbobu cancelled the certificate issued to Mr Wa Iria who garnered over 203,000 votes while his opponent Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau got 118,000 votes.

The tribunal agreed with lawyer Wilfred Nyamu that “those who cast their ballots were 330,125 while the registered members in the county were 276,000”.

Mr Mbobu said that although JP through its lawyer Tom Macharia had opposed the repeat exercise saying those who voted were much less as the current list of members is 514,725, evidence tabled before them proved “the exercise was marred with irregularities”.

“We find that the nomination exercise was not conducted in accordance with the rules of JP and in consonance with the electoral rules, which demand free and fair polls,” they ruled.

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