IEBC readies for Ugenya, Embakasi South by-elections

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission-IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati, says the commission has commenced preparations for by-elections in Ugenya and Embakasi South Constituency.

This is after the commission received writs from National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi, declaring the seats vacant.

Muturi’s notification to IEBC on the Ugenya constituency seat followed the Court of Appeal’s August 16 ruling which annulled Chris Karan’s election.

The latter lost the seat after former MP David Ochieng’ challenged his election in the August 2017 vote.

The High court on March 1 ruled that Karan’s campaign was wayward and that the entire election in Ugenya was compromised. The Court of Appeal later dismissed the legislator’s case challenging the High court ruling.

Appeals court’s Justice Hannah Okwengu said the election was validly nullified. Following the declaration, Ugenya residents are expected to hold an election of a new member within 90 days.

The Embakasi South parliamentary seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal, in July, quashed Julius Mawathe’s August 2017 election win following an appeal by his rival Irshad Sumra of ODM.

In his application, Sumra cited malpractices, irregularities, illegalities, and noncompliance of the law, which he argued had an effect on the results announced at the end of the elections.

Sumra went to the Court of Appeal after the High Court, on March 2, upheld Mawathe’s poll victory.


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