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Petitioner challenges Moses Kajwang’s nomination

19 January 2015, 12:24 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Homa Bay ODM senatorial aspirant, Moses Kajwang’ is to appear before the IEBC’s Dispute Resolution Commission to respond to queries after following a petition filed challenging his nomination.

The petitioner argues that Kajwang’s nomination was irregularly conducted citing from the Election Act, Section 72 (2) which states: “Where a political party knowingly nominates a candidate who does not meet the requirements of the Constitution, the political party commits an offence and shall be disqualified from nominating a candidate to contest in that election or in the next election in that electoral area.”

However, Kajwang’, who responded to IEBC’s summon on his Facebook account said he respects the right of the petitioner and the role of IEBC in hearing and making a ruling on the petition.  

“I have been summoned to appear before the IEBC's Dispute Resolution Commission on Monday the 19th of January at 2.00 pm. A petitioner has challenged my nomination for Homa Bay Senate under section 72(2) of the Elections Act,” said Kajwang’.

Read Also: IEBC postpones Homa Bay elections

The Election Act, Section 74 which gives the Commission powers to settle nomination disputes states, “Pursuant to Article 88 (4) (e) of the Constitution, the Commission shall be responsible for the settlement of electoral disputes, including disputes relating to or arising from nominations but excluding election petitions and disputes subsequent to the declaration of election results.”

“I only hope and pray that this is not another effort to distract us from the campaign and to drive a partisan political agenda. Kenyans will be watching very keenly to see how IEBC handles this matter,” Kajwang’ added.

He urged Homa Bay residents to remain calm and firm until the February 12 by-election, asserting that they are the only people who can choose their next Senator.

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