The leader of the Thirdway Alliance Party, Ekuru Aukot, wants the head of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, to step down because he did not clear him and other candidates who broke unconstitutional rules.
Tuesday’s statement from Aukot claims Chebukati failed to uphold, interpret, and protect the law.
Even though we informed the chairman that Regulation 18 2C was unconstitutional and should be discarded in a letter dated June 5,2022, the chairman was unable to correctly interpret the law and went on to deny us clearance and several other candidates based on the unconstitutional regulation. A portion of the statement read, “We successfully moved to court and obtained a judgment confirming our advice to the chairman.”
On Tuesday in the late afternoon, Justice Anthony Mrima ruled that Elections Act Regulation 182C was unconstitutional.
The IEBC, led by Wafula Chebukati, only decided to use the regulation as a tool for conducting a subjective and predetermined selection process rather than a nomination process in 2017, he continued. “While it’s very clear that the unconstitutional regulation changed article 137(1)(d) by sneaking around it,
Additionally, Aukot wants the 2017 elections to be rerun.
To add insult to injury, the said Wafula Chebukati, illegally and in defiance of the Supreme Court judgment, decided to Gazette only two people, even though the election had been ruled null and void when the Supreme Court ordered that the IEBC organize for a repeat election. The Thirdway Alliance Party Leader continued, “The High Court ordered that the name of Dr. Aukot be included on the ballot for the repeat elections after we successfully moved the court to enforce the Supreme Court Judgement.”
At the same time, he demanded that none of the four presidential candidates’ nominations be valid.
“The unconstitutional presidential nominations of Raila Odinga, William Ruto, George Wajackoya, and Mwaure Waihiga be immediately quashed, and the printing of the presidential ballot be delayed until a proper nomination process is carried out in accordance with the underlying law and the constitution and without malice, different treatment of candidates, and outright bias as shown by Wafula Chebukati,” Aukot ruled.
He said that the country has plenty of capable and honest people and that Chebukati is not the right person to run the general election in 2022.
“Kenyans must not forget that Wafula Chebukati was in charge of the presidential election that was annulled in August 2017 and cost billions of dollars in taxpayer money,” he continued.
Aukot was disqualified for failing to submit the signatures and copies of national identification cards of the 48,000 registered voters who supported his presidential campaign.
Chebukati also says that the universities from which Aukot got copies of his degree certificates did not stamp the copies.