Sonko wants IEBC barred from publishing Mombasa governor candidates in Kenya gazette

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Former Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko (left) and his lawyer Dr. John Khaminwa at Milimani Law Courts at a past date. Photo/Suek

Former Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has moved to court seeking to restrain the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission from publishing in the Kenya gazette any candidates in respect to the position of governor Mombasa County.

This is after the IEBC rejected his nomination after introducing a new requirement last minute, thereby disqualifying him from the raceĀ 

The Governor argues that on 4th June 2022, IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati, stated in a press statement Sonko was disqualified from contesting for the Mombasa Governor seat.

The petitioner claims that the IEBC did a schedule where they directed he submit his nomination forms on 7th June 2022 between 2 PM and 4 PM.

“On the material day, I presented myself before the first respondent (Mombasa Returning officer Swaha Ibrahim Yusuf) at 2.30 PM with all the required documents as per the 3rd respondent’s (IEBC) checklist,” Sonko said.

However, at 3.30 PM, the IEBC purported to change Sonko’s checklist by introducing a new requirement that required him to submit the original degree together with a certified copy of the degree from the issuing institution.

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Sonko further claims that the IEBC further declined to admit pleadings and correspondences from the Supreme Court proving the existence of an active appeal at the Supreme Court.

The petitioner wants the orders of injunction granted pending the hearing and determination of the petition.

Sonko was nominated as the Wiper Party candidate for Governor Mombasa County seat in the August 9 general elections.