Sabina Chege, a Murang’a Woman Representative, has won a major victory in her fight against the IEBC over her 2017 rigging statement at a political rally. Chege’s summons to appear before the disciplinary committee issued by the IEBC has been overturned by Justice Antony Mrima. Judge Mrima also found that the IEBC Committee lacks the authority to issue summonses. He claimed that the commission’s code of conduct does not apply because the applicants had not yet been chosen to sign it.
Chege made the comments at a political rally in which he claimed the 2017 elections were rigged. She had gone to court to block the IEBC from hearing her case, claiming that it had jurisdiction because she had not submitted any papers indicating her intention to run or even proclaimed her candidacy. She maintained, through her lawyers James Orengo and Otiende Amollo, that her case before the IEBC was brought in bad faith and hurriedly in order to shame and damage her name. Her claim was that the IEBC had reached a predetermined decision to prevent her from running for any seat in the 2018 general elections.
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