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Independent candidates punished for using symbols of other political parties

Mike Ratemo and Sandra Wekesa @PeopleDailyKe

Independent candidates have been hit with heavy fines by an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) tribunal for adopting political parties’ insignia.

The tribunal sitting at the KICC, Nairobi, yesterday ruled that the candidates “plagiarising party symbols, colours, and presidential portraits” were disadvantaging the parties’ nominees.

The electoral agency slapped the aspirants with hefty fines and threatened disqualifications from the August 8 poll if the defendants are non-compliant with tribunal’s demands. Laikipia governor independent hopeful Peter Ndonye was directed to down billboards, banners and posters depicting Jubilee allegiance to the reprieve of rival Ndiritu Muriithi.

“The agency expects a certain code of conduct from aspirants. Independents openly showing allegiance is a violation of the law. Ndonye should pay a Sh500,000 fine and remove the posters within three days or be disqualified,” IEBC vice chair Consolata Maina said.

Vihiga governor Moses Akaranga was slapped with the same punitive action for using Nasa insignia in his campaigns while he is a member of Progressive Party of Kenya (PPK).

Migori governor Okoth Obado’s petition filed against Ochilo Ayacko was adjourned and will be mentioned on July 25. Obado alleges Ayacko is using Nasa symbols while he is not a member of the coalition hence giving him undue advantage.

The case against Kasarani MP Elizabeth Ongoro and her Ruaraka counterpart Moses Kajwang of defacing Allan Masika’s posters was thrown out after the commission found no circumstantial evidence.

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