Candidates appear before IEBC committee over campaign malpractice


IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati (File)
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati

By Samson Kitavi

The fate of several candidates in the August polls hangs in the balance after they appeared before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee to answer to charges of electoral malpractices in their campaigns.

The committee led by Chairman Wafula Chebukati began hearing complaints from various candidates on electoral misconduct in the ongoing campaigns.

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Complaints during the hearing ranged from chaos, defacing and destruction of election materials among others.

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First to appear before the panel was Bungoma Governor who lodged complaints over chaos he claims were orchestrated by his opponent Wycliffe Wangamati in Bungoma town when he presented his nomination papers last month.

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The duo accusing each other of being responsible for the skirmishes that left one person dead.

IEBC will make its ruling over the matter on Thursday morning.

Next was Kibwezi East MP Jessica Mbalu who claimed her life was in danger and pointing an accusing finger at her opponent Professor Phillip Kaloki.

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During the submission Mbalu accused Kaloki of occasionally disrupting her rallies, claims which he denied.

She further claimed Kaloki was making it hard for her to do meaningful campaigns urging the electoral to intervene.

Starehe Parliamentary aspirant Steve Mbogo also presented his case accusing one of his opponents of intentionally destroying his campaign posters.


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