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Blow to Macdonaild Mariga as IEBC says he is not a registered voter

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,10TH SEPT 2019-Former Harambee Stars footballer MacDonald Mariga’s bid for the Kibra MP seat has hit headwinds after his name was discovered to be missing from the IEBC register of voters.

IEBC returning officer Beatrice Muli on Tuesday told Mariga to seek redress with the IEBC Disputes Resolution Board.

“We have invalidated Mariga’s nomination,” she said.

Muli said other documents presented to them were in order.

“Mine was to confirm that the aspirant meets requirements. I have verified and checked and I could not find his details.  At this point my hands are tied,” she added.

Lang’ata MP Nixon Korir and former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale tried to convince the commissioner to take her time and relook for his name.

“So long as a Kenyan is qualified to vote or vie and has made that application to IEBC, the IEBC can take their time. Can take one week, one year or 10 years but that person cannot be denied his rights to vote or vie,” Korir said.

” I have evidence that my candidate is a voter and has an election card number. This is very serious,” Khalwale said.

Mariga has seven days to appeal the decision to block him.

The Jubilee Party had earlier on Tuesday issued Mariga a nomination certificate.

Presenting the certificate to Mariga was party secretary-general Raphael Tuju who called for a peaceful campaign period and election.

“We should all remember that there will be a winner and a loser but we will all remain to be Kenyans,” he said.

Mariga thanked the party for believing in him and assured that he is equal to the task.

“Kazi ianze sasa..imebaki kwenda kwa mafans. (Let the work now begin. The only thing left now is to go to the supporters,” Mariga said.

Accompanying him were MPs Didmas Barasa (Kimilili), Caleb Kositany (Soy), Korir and Gladys Shollei (Uasin Gishu woman representative).

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