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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

IEBC summons Lusaka, Wangamati over breach of election rules

Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka. /BRIAN OJAMAA
Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka. /BRIAN OJAMAA

Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka and rival Wycliffe Wangamati are among 15 candidates summoned by IEBC over alleged breach of the Electoral Code of Conduct.

The candidates are expected to appear before the electora agency on Wednesday.

The commission’s enforcement committee held deliberations on Monday on seven cases concerning the 15 candidates.

They include the complainants and the accused candidates in the cases.

“The committee has given directions and summoned the parties to the seven cases to appear before it on Wednesday, June 21 at 10am in the commission offices, 6th Floor, Anniversary Towers, Nairobi,” IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati said in a statement.

Others are Jessica Nduku Mbalu and Philip Kaloki who are battling out for the Kibwezi East constituency MP seat.

Benson Ong’onge and Fredrick Okeyo who are vying for Kayole South Ward MCA seat in Embakassi Central constituency have also been summoned.

Mountain View Ward aspirants Raphael Musyoki and Peris Ayuma, and Langata MP seat aspirants Kavore Kariuki and Nixon Korir have also been directed to appear before the commission.

Starehe MP seat aspirants Thomas Makori, Hamed Getange and Steve Mbogo have also been ordered to appear.

Others on the list are Rarieda Constituency MP seat aspirants Netto Adhola and Erick Onyango.

The Electoral Code of Conduct is contained in section 110 of the Election Act Cap 7 of the Constitution.

It is a set of rules and regulations that politicians must adhere to promote conditions conducive for free and fair elections.

The code also requires aspirants to promote a climate of tolerance to ensure political activities like elections take place without fear, coercion, intimidation or reprisals.

IEBC is by law allowed to issue a formal warning if aspirants or any office holder are found to be in bridge of the code.

The commission can also fine the guilty aspirant or his party, or bar them from participating in ongoing or future elections if they default in paying the fine.

All political parties and aspirants must sign the document before thay are allowed to participate in any election exercise.

“All candidates and political parties are reminded that they are bound by the electoral code of conduct that they executed,” Chebukati said.

He said the enforcement committee will continue to monitor the conduct of campaigns across the country and “will not hesitate to take action against anyone found culpable”.

Read: Woman shot dead as Lusaka, Wangamati supporters clash in Bungoma

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