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Mombasa residents want Sonko in the ballot

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[Mombasa Gubernatorial Aspirant Mike Mbuvi Sonko. Photo/Courtesy/May, 05, 2022].

More than 500 Mombasa residents have lodged a petition in Mombasa High Court demanding that former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko be cleared by IEBC to vie for Mombasa Gubernatorial seat in this year’s general elections.

The residents in their petition filed in Court accuse IEBC of deliberate failure to follow the due process of the law when denying Sonko his constitutional right to vie for the position of Mombasa Governor in the forthcoming general elections set for August 9, 2022.

Speaking after filling the constitutional petition, Laksane Ngala Ndune and Geoffrey Ogwako Gichana who are the main petitioners in the case termed the statement issued by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) disqualifying Sonko from contesting for the county seat as null and void.

Gichana who is also vying for Kisauni Parliamentary seat on a Wiper ticket argued that Sonko’s appeal cases were still before courts and therefore he should not be victimised against the law.

IEBC had listed Sonko among aspirants who will not be cleared to vie for positions following his impeachment while he was in office as Nairobi Governor.

Sonko had earlier moved to court to oppose the move terming it as illegal and unconstitutional.

Justice Jairus Ngaah said the matter would better be heard in Mombasa where Sonko is seeking an elective seat.

A three-judge bench has been constituted to hear and determine the case set for today Thursday.

Gichana disclosed the Mombasa court will determine the fate of their petition.