Kenya: Mariga Locked Out of Kibra By-Election Because He's Not a Registered Voter

Football star McDonald Mariga.
10 September 2019

Nairobi — International footballer McDonald Mariga has suffered a major setback after the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) invalidated his candidature for the Kibra by-election because "he is not a registered voter."

"My verdict is that after scrutinizing all the documented presented to me by the aspirant, he is not eligible," IEBC's Returning Officer said late Tuesday in nullifying the Jubilee aspirant who had hoped to win the November 7 by-election.

Mariga, who remained quiet all through, was accompanied by Langata MP Nick Korir, former legislator Bonny Khalwale among other leaders mainly loyal to Deputy President William Ruto.

"We will appeal this decision because Mariga is in the voters' register," Khalwale said, and accused IEBC of being "incompetent"

Mariga told journalists, "it is sad because I am a registered voter and for sure we are going to appeal."

Earlier Tuesday, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate Bernard Imran Okoth, who is a brother to former MP Okoth was cleared alongside Eliud Owallo of the Amani National Congress (ANC).

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