Following a petition filed by Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been prohibited from conducting an impending by-election.
Following the disqualification of Chama Cha Kazi candidate Milton Mwendwa, the High Court on Thursday, September 30, prevented IEBC from holding the Kiagu Ward by-election.
Before the by-election, the court has ordered IEBC to resolve the stalemate with Kuria’s associated party.
The decision to prevent the electoral board from proceeding with the poll preparations comes after their statement on September 23 dismissing Mwenda from the Kiagu County Assembly ward by-election in Meru County, which was scheduled for October 14, 2021.
Milton failed to resign as a public official within the constitutionally mandated seven-day period following the proclamation of the vacancy, according to the conclusions of the IEBC Committee.
Kuria expressed his displeasure with the decision on his social media page, promising to challenge it in court despite the IEBC allowing his party 72 hours to nominate another candidate to fill the seat.
He accused the UDA coordinator for the region of filing a petition with the IEBC to invalidate Chama Cha Kazi’s candidacy.
The National Ordinary People Empowerment Union (Nopeu)Nathan Gitonga was also disqualified from running in the by-election.