Thika Town Parliamentary Aspirant Francis Gaitho Files Appeal At IEBC Dispute Resolution Chamber

by Mahakamani News
Thika Town Parliamentary Candidate on an Independent ticket Francis Gaitho

Thika Town Parliamentary Candidate on an Independent ticket Francis Gaitho during a press conference in Thika.

The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is set to review several appeals emanating from the recently concluded submission exercise, amongst them an appeal by Thika Town parliamentary aspirant Francis Gaitho, an Independent Candidate.

In his documents, Francis Gaitho has highlighted a glaring anomaly in the statutory requirements by IEBC, regarding the gazettement of aspirants.

While a special notice of the Kenya Gazette Notice dated 20th January 2022 had slated May 13th as the gazettement date for all qualified aspirants, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati delayed the process by six (6) days to May 18th in flagrant violation of the constitution and did not extend the timelines for aspirants to present their papers.

Kenya Gazette notice indicating May 13th as the date for gazetting all aspirants around the country.

That timeline delay hampered the process of collection of signatures by Independent Candidates, seeing only two (2) out of seven (7) member of National Assembly aspirants cleared by IEBC.

Independent candidates aspiring for the position of Member of National Assembly were required to collect 1,000 signatures and 1,000 complete copies of ID’s from their respective constituencies. Governors and MCA’s were only required 500.

Francis Gaitho also took a swipe at political parties who participated in the formulation of these draconian rules, aimed at locking out Independent Candidates. He said that the high number of Independent Aspirants this elections is evidence of the waning popularity and trust in their flawed nomination process.

“Some political parties collected money from aspirants and unfairly issued nomination certificates to others. IEBC should deregister these outfits to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process,” said Gaitho.

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