BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,7TH JUNE,2017-Machakos gubernatorial aspirant on a wiper ticket Wavinya Ndeti may be locked out of the August 8th General Election after a petitioner went to court.
Kyalo Peter Kyuli, wants the nomination of Wavinya Ndeti nullified and the certificate awarded to her revoked by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Mr Kyuli’s assertion has received support from Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, who also wants Wavinya’s nomination by Wiper declared null and void.
In his submission to the IEBC panel that is hearing disputes related to the nominations, Mr Kyuli argues that Ms Ndeti has failed to meet several requirements set by the IEBC for contestants of elective posts.
He says that Ms Ndeti is a member of two political parties; Wiper Democratic Movement and the Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU) “as demonstrated by a search at the Registrar of Political Parties and a letter from the Chairman of the IEBC.”
Mr Kyuli tells IEBC that Ms Ndeti ditched her CCU party for Wiper on April 6, 2017, a day after the party-hopping deadline had lapsed. The High court had upheld that no party hopping should be allowed after April 5, 2017.
According to the Elections Act 201, anyone who decamps to another party 120 days to the election date is deemed to have violated the set rules and would not be allowed to contest on their new party’s ticket.
My Kyuli also cites a letter by IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati, dated May 26, 2017 in which he confirmed that Ms Wavinya Ndeti is still listed as the CCU leader despite having decamped to Wiper.