It’s all systems go now that the Court of Appeal upheld a High Court ruling on Wavinya Ndeti’s nomination to vie for the Machakos gubernatorial seat.
In their ruling, a three-Judge bench of Judges Erastus Githinji, Hannah Okwengu and Jamilla Mohammed ruled that the appeal by a Member of the County Assembly (MCA) challenging Wavinya’s candidature lacked merit.
Machakos top seat
The judges said Justice George Odunga who overruled IEBC “properly considered the law in his judgment.”
On 21 June 2017, justice Odunga overturned an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Tribunal ruling barring her from running for the Machakos top seat.
An IEBC Tribunal, led by Chairman Wafula Chebukati, had ruled that Wavinya committed an electoral offence by being a member of two political parties at the same time and, therefore, nullifed her candidature.
Justice George Odunga, however, ruled that the IEBC Tribunal had no powers to nullify the decision by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal that already cleared Wavinya to vie for the Machakos governor seat on a Wiper Party ticket