• The Usawa Party leader was disqualified by IEBC from the presidential race on grounds that he failed to submit the requisite signatures of supporters from 24 counties.
• He caused a fracas outside the Bomas of Kenya following the agency's decision on May 29, 2022, and accused the electoral body of favouritism.
Muranga Governor Mwangi wa Iria has sought Chief Justice Martha Koome's intervention over his stalled presidential bid.
The Usawa Party leader was disqualified by IEBC from the presidential race on grounds that he failed to submit the required signatures of supporters from 24 counties.
He caused a fracas outside the Bomas of Kenya following the agency's decision on May 29, 2022, and accused the electoral body of favouritism.
But through his lawyers, the governor has now written to the CJ seeking an audience with the top judge saying his attempts to be heard by both the High Court and the IEBC tribunal have been futile.
In a statement on Tuesday, Wa Iria said IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati has completely refused to give him an audience as required by the law.
"Chebukati refused to hear me, his dispute resolution committee deliberately escaped out of the jurisdiction. Ever since I went to the High Court it has been to and fro. IEBC has been coming to court with objections claiming that they have not received my court papers," Wa Iria said.
The two-time governor said he filed an official complaint with the IEBC on May 30 but it was not determined within the statutory 10 days as stipulated under Section 74(2) of the Elections Act.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission concluded the clearance of presidential candidates on June 6, 2022, with only four candidates having gotten the green light to vie at the August 9 polls.
The successful candidates are David Mwaure Waihiga (Agano Party), George Wajackoyah (Roots Party), Raila Odinga (Azimio Coalition Political Party) and William Ruto (United Democratic Alliance-UDA).
Wa Iria is still hopeful that the CJ will turn his fate around and have him cleared.