Kenya: Mwangi Wa Iria defends primaries register in Murang’a

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Muranga Governor Mwangi wa Iria now says if an appeal by his rival Jamleck Kamau is allowed by political Parties Tribunal, it will effectively affect all positions that Jubilee Party filled through nominations.

Mr Kamau wants the tribunal to order fresh elections on the basis that Jubilee did not use the correct register.

119,838 VOTERS

He says the Jubilee Party register had only 119,838 voters and that is what should have been used to conduct the nominations.

In his submission to the tribunal, Mr Wa iria said the party used the correct register and therefore the case should be dismissed.

“The party itself has submitted on oath the register that was used to conduct nominations in Murang’a County with 514,725 members… applied not just to the gubernatorial position but all other elective positions, including for the women representative and senator,” argues the governor.

Early in the week, Mr Kamau obtained orders from the tribunal directing the party not to forward Mr Wa Iria’s name to  Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission pending the determination of the appeal.

COMPLAINT

Mr Kamau had lost in his first petition before the Jubilee Party Appeals Board.

Mr Wa Iria in his replying affidavit also states that the prayer on voters register was not part of the complaints in the original petition to the Jubilee Appeals Tribunal.

“It is also strange that during the first nomination held on 21st April 2017 before it was cancelled by the party due to logistical challenges and a repeat ordered for 26th April 2017, the same register was used yet the Mr Kamau never raised any complaint with the party or at all,” notes the governor.

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