Monday September 16, 2019-Former football star McDonald Mariga was on Monday cleared by Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission to vie for the Kibra Parliamentary seat.

Mariga's candidature for the Kibra by-election had been marred controversy after IEBC commissioner declared that his name was missing in the voter's register.

While delivering his ruling, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that Mariga was a duly registered as a voter. 

Shortly after the revelation, the Parliamentary hopeful, through his lawyers, met three officials from the IEBC at Anniversary Towers in Nairobi to iron out issues concerning his candidature.

Mariga filed a complaint with the IEBC's Dispute Resolution Committee following the decision which he described as improper.

He wanted the disputes committee to overturn the decision as he insists he is a registered voter and that he was validly nominated.

Mariga's troubles also deepened after a voter, one Leina Konchellah, petitioned the IEBC to investigate the former footballer's age.

Konchellah, in the case that is yet to be determined, claimed that Mariga did not meet the threshold to be a candidate.

“It is rather curious that the complainant presented a national identity card indicating his date of birth is April 4, 1987," Konchellah stated in a sworn affidavit to the IEBC.

 The Kenyan DAILY POST


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