IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati-FILE
BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,5TH JUNE,2017– Those with complaints regarding the clearance of candidates by IEBC should stay clear of sideshows so that the commission resolves them soonest possible.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC ) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has also urged politicians to fully cooperate so that judgments may be expedited.
“The Commission is committed to ensure that it delivers good judgments which reflect the will of Kenyans,” he stated.
At the start of the exercise, Chebukati identified what complaints qualified, making clear that they would restrict themselves to complaints relating to the nomination clearance exercise which concluded Friday and not party primaries.
Complaints relating to the party primaries were heard by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal; a distinction made on the advice of the courts to remedy an overlap of mandate that characterised the last General Election.
On Monday, Chebukati specified that the Commission would limit itself to complaints related to contention over the qualification of those cleared to contest the August polls such as conviction for an electoral offence in the last General Election.
Others include “complaints that the conduct of the nomination process was invalid, the returning officer did not accept nomination according to the rules; with respect to independent candidates that the candidate failed to get the required number of registered voters supporting his candidacy or was nominated as a member of a political party.”