IEBC clears 7 MCA aspirants in Mutonguni Ward By-Election

IEBC officials during a session to clear aspirants in the Mutonguni ward by-election that commenced Monday. (Photo Credit - Raphael/Mauvoo)

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Kitui West Constituency, Kitui County has began clearing aspirants interested to contest for the Mutonguni Ward Member of County Assembly position.

Kitui West Constituency Returning Officer Reuben Mutua Mbuu while addressing journalists revealed that there are 10 aspirants who have show interest to contest the Mutonguni ward MCA seat.

He said so far they have cleared 7 out of 10 aspirants and they will end the session Tuesday with remaining ones.

“We have started well by clearing 7 aspirants, we are expecting to clear 3 more tomorrow.” Mbuu said.

One of aspirants who was cleared today Engineer Musee Mati while addressing his followers said he is ready to maintain peace in his campaigns urging Mutonguni youth to avoid being misused by political leaders to cause violence.

Mati also urged the elected leaders in Kitui West to keep off from interfering with Mutonguni ward seat, citing that the voters have a right to elect a leader of their choice.

“We don’t need elected leaders to interfere with our ward seat, they should be doing development to alter positively the livelihoods of Kitui West residents. Mutonguni voters knows their leader who is competent, able to deliver and values their lives.” Mati added.

Mutonguni ward seat for member of the county assembly was declared vacant 2 months ago after the Court of Appeal held the decision of the Kitui High Court to call for fresh election in Mutonguni ward.

After 2017 General Election’s, IEBC declared Felix Mbevo as the winner and issued him with a certificate as duly elected Mutonguni MCA but Eng. Musee Mati successfully appealed against Mbevo’s victory in Court.

After vote recount, IEBC found that Eng. Mati had garnered 3330 votes followed by Felix Mbevo with 3320 votes. The court proceedings have dragged on for more than 2 years.

The IEBC had earlier announced that thee Mutonguni ward by-election will be held later this year.

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