IEBC cracks whip, disqualifies Netto from Rarieda MP race

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Rarieda Constituency disqualified MP aspirant (R) Augustine Netto Adhola 9with bottled water), Rarieda MP Eng Nicholas Gumbo (C), and a host of politicians at Rarieda Secondary School for an interdenominational prayers, January 2, 2017. [Photo: Augustine Netto Adhola]

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has disqualified Augustine Netto Adhola, from contesting in the August general elections, as a candidate for the Rarieda Constituency MP aspirant.

This is after he failed to comply with orders issued, by the Commission on June 22, 2017, in a complaint lodged by Erick Onyango, complaining that Netto, an Independent Candidate, was using ODM party symbols to campaign, which is against election laws.

He was warned to desists henceforth from branding his campaign material with ODM colours and further desist from branding his campaign material and regalia with images of the ODM party leader and officials.

IEBC also asked Netto Adhola to remove all posters and campaign materials bearing ODM colours and images of the ODM party officials.

He was as well asked to pay a fine of Sh250,000 within 48 hours, from the day of the orders, by the Electoral Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee.

“The Electoral Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee notes that the said Netto Adhola failed, neglected and ignored to obey any of the Orders or at all. The time frame for compliance having lapsed on 24th June, 2017,” said IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.

“We are aware that the Candidate filed Election Petition Appeal No. 124 of 2017 and an Application for Stay of execution seeking inter alia a stay of the decision and/or judgment of the Committee and an extension of time for compliance with the judgment. On 30th June, 2017 the High Court of Kenya sitting in Nairobi dismissed the said Application and affirmed the decision/judgment of the Commission,” he added.

IEBC said the Committee was a statutory committee which its decisions/judgments must be obeyed without excuse.

“It is an affront on the Rule of Law to condone disregard of the decision of the Committee.”

“In the premises, the Commission has enforced the decision of the Committee of the 22nd of June, 2017, and hereby directs that Augustine Netto Adhola is disqualified, from contesting in the upcoming general elections, 2017 as a candidate for the elective seat of Member of National Assembly for Rarieda Constituency,” declared Chebukati, Tuesday.

The Commission is as well seized of complaints on reported acts of violence and violation of the electoral code of conduct in certain parts of the Country, including but not limited to Migori, Meru and Siaya Counties.

“We will be hearing the complaints in due course.”

IEBC further indicated the Commission would continue to strictly enforce the Electoral Code of Conduct, across the Country, and demanded adherence of all political players.

“We remain committed to delivering free, fair and credible elections devoid of violence or intimidation,” concluded Chebukati.

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