Wetang’ula survives delisting from voter register

By KBC Reporters

Moses Wetang’ula Tuesday survived a political snag after a Special Committee of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission rejected the Supreme Court’s recommendation to deletion his name from the voters register.

The Supreme Court had adopted the high court’s ruling that found Wetang’ula guilty of voter bribery.

The five-member IEBC Special Committee however ruled that Wetang’ula was never convicted of the supposed electoral malpractices for which Section 87, 3 of the electoral law calls for disqualification and then deletion of a name from the voters’ register.

Ford Kenya leader and CORD Co-Principal who appeared before the committee last week challenged the Supreme Court ruling on grounds that he had not been convicted of the offence cited.

A position the Thomas Letangule-led committee concurred with hence rejecting the Supreme Court recommendation.

The committee further cited ambiguity in the electoral laws on how such a committee or tribunal would deal with an electoral offence finding by a court.

The ruling sent Wetangula’s supporters who had thronged the courts precinct into wild cheers.

Wetang’ula who was accompanied by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Cord co principal Kalonzo Musyoka welcomed the ruling.

He thanked his legal team led by James Orengo for fighting for his case to finality.  The case arose after an advisory opinion was made by the Supreme Court citing evidence linking Wetangula to bribery of voters during the 2013 elections.

  

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