By Special Correspondent

With only five days to the polls, Wiper nominee for Taita Taveta County gubernatorial position  Granton Samboja may not be in the race.

This is after the EACC lodged an urgent petition, Wednesday, seeking to permanently bar him from contesting Tuesday’s General Election for “falsifying his academic certificates.”

In the case, the antigraft body wants the High Court to declare that Samboja is not eligible for election as governor in the gubernatorial elections.

According to EACC, Samboja lacks the requisite academic qualifications to vie for the position of governor.

“The commission is seeking a declaring that the respondent does not meet education requirements for the position of governor County of Taita Taveta or any other County and his candidature should be declared null void,” EACC argues.

Academic certificates

The move comes, a week after the commission grilled him over claims of falsifying his academic certificates.

He was questioned with regard to allegations touching on his integrity on falsification of academic certificates, making a false declaration and uttering forged documents,” said an official at the commission.

In addition, EACC wants Samboja permanently barred from holding any public office for breaching the ethical requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity.

Ethical threshold

EACC has faulted the IEBC for clearing Samboja to run without investigating his academic qualifications queries.

“It is upon the IEBC to satisfy itself that its candidates for elections to state offices meet the educational, moral and ethical threshold prescribed in the Constitution

By falsifying academic certificates and submitting a false self-declaration form to the IEBC, EACC insists that Samboja has violated the ethical requirements.