BY NT CORRESPONDENT.
The Independent Election Boundaries Commission (IEBC) dispute resolution committee has nullified the nomination of Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU) party leader Wavinya Ndeti as the wiper gubernatorial nominee for being a member of two parties.
The IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati committee allowed the complaint that was filed by Machakos County Assembly member Peter Kyuli .
Kyalo in his submission to the IEBC panel argued that Ndeti has failed to meet several requirements set by the IEBC for contestants of elective posts.
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He claimed that Ndeti is a member of two political parties; Wiper Democratic Movement and the Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU).
Former Kathiani MP however dismissed the claims made before the tribunal saying that her nomination is valid. She urged the committee to dismiss the complaint arguing that the application is a witch-hunt as it seeks to reopen issues which have already been previously determined by a competent tribunal
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.
The Political Parties Dispute Tribunal last month nullified Wavinya’s Ndeti’s win in the nominations for Machakos governor.
Ndeti got 299,312 votes against Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala’s 4,663.
Kiala obtained a court order barring Wiper from conducting the primaries since the party and Ndeti’s CCU agreed that she should get the ticket.
He said the party hurriedly conducted the primaries on April 30, a day after the order was issued, and did not give him an opportunity to participate in the exercise.
The DG also said Ndeti was not a member of Wiper at the time of her nomination but the tribunal ruled she was a valid member.
Tribunal chairman Kyalo Mbombu said on Friday that the party defied the court order by carrying out the nominations.
Mbombu ordered Kalonzo Musyoka’s party to carry out repeat nominations within 48 hours which Wavinya floored Mr Kiala.