NAIROBI: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee has upheld the Mathare Returning Officer’s decision to bar an independent candidate from contesting in the constituency by-election scheduled for 7th August, 2014.
In its ruling, the IEBC committee said that Mr. Evans Gor Semelango was not eligible to vie in the by-election because he violated a provision in section 43(5) of the Elections Act that requires public servants to resign from office six months before seeking an elective seat.
Mathare Returning Officer Joseph Masindet had on 11th July, 2014, declined to issue a nomination certicated to Mr. Semeelng’o on account of having failed to prove that he was not a public servant by 1st March, 2014. According to the Committee, the complainant “failed to adduce any evidence to the contrary”.
The IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee is mandated with settling electoral disputes including disputes arising from nominations. It is chaired by IEBC Vice-Chairprson Lilian Mahiri-Zaja with Commissioners Mohamed Alawi and Abdullahi Sharawe as members.