The electoral body IEBC cracked a whip to violent politicians accused of breaching the electoral code of conduct.
The IEBC code of conduct enforcement committee lead by Wafula Chebukati the chair and other commissioners after making adequate hearings and deliberations was able to give its ruling against Bungoma governor Ken Lusaka and his competitor Wycliffe Wangamati.
And after that the final verdict was delivered, a fine of Ksh. 1 million.
Reacting to the ruling Lusaka said it was unfortunate that violence erupted, saying he was committed to conducting peaceful campaigns.
However, Wangamati through his lawyer Edward Wangila was dissatisfied with the ruling saying he will appeal to the High court.
Another case was between Netto Adhola and his complainant Erick Onyango a competitor too of ODM in Rarieda constituency in Siaya county where Netto is accused of of using party colours in his campaigns despite being an independent candidate.
In the ruling, the committee ordered Netto to pay Sh250,000 within 48 hours or risk being disqualified after he was found to be in violation of the Electoral Code of Conduct.
IEBC also dismissed a case involving the Starehe constituency parliamentary candidates Thomas Makori and Steve Mbogo, where Makori was seeking damages for destruction of his campaign posters by Mbogo supporters, who is the ODM nominee.
In its ruling, IEBC found Makori equally culpable of destroying campaign messages of his competitors as a photograph he produced before the committee as evidence depicted his poster as having been placed on top of another campaign poster.
The committee also dismissed a case by Amani National Congress’ MCA candidate for Mountain View Ward in Nairobi Raphael Musyoki who accused Peris Ayuma (Independent) of improper use of ANC logo on her campaign posters in a bid to dissuade the electorate from voting for him by purporting to be the legitimate party nominee.
The ruling between Benson Ong’onge and Fredrick Onyango vying for the Kayole South MCA Seat will be delivered by tomorrow, the committee found out that Okeyo’s preliminary objections based on the fact that that the violence he was being accused of happened prior to signing the code of conduct and that it had since been dispensed with by the party’s tribunal.
IEBC will issue rulings on the Jesica Mbalu vs Prof Philip Kaloki case – both vying for Kibwezi East Constituency parliamentary seat – and that of Kavore Kariuki vs Nixon Korir battling for Lang’ata Constituency seat tomorrow.