Latest news headlines-March 31 2017 ‘Fake papers’ scandal hits Jubilee party ahead of primaries

Latest news headlines-March 31 2017 ‘Fake papers’ scandal hits Jubilee party ahead of primaries

‘Fake papers’ scandal hits Jubilee party ahead of primaries

Jubilee party says it is verifying the academic credentials of some of its aspirants after questions were raised on their authenticity.

It is emerging that some politicians have presented fake academic papers in attempts to cheat their way to the ballot.

At least two petitions have been received at the Jubilee party headquarters questioning the authenticity of the academic papers of some aspirants.

READ ALSO: Jubilee party plotting to deny me Nairobi governor ticket, Sonko crys foul

Among those being questioned is that for Nyeri gubernatorial aspirants Thuo Mathenge and Starehe constituency lawmaker Maina Kamanda.

Starehe MP Maina Kamanda stresses a point during a meeting with CBD business people at a Nairobi hotel on March 28 (Photo: The Star Kenya)

Activists who have presented the petitions want the party to explain why it admitted Mr Mathenge’s nomination papers while ‘knowing he presented questionable credentials’.

READ ALSO: Raila warns Uhuru of possible impeachment for violation of the constitution

For Kamanda, the petitioner wants the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) to scrutinize his KCSE certificate.

IEBC hands reprieve to nomination losers

Losers in the upcoming political party primaries could still be on the ballot should they choose to go it alone.

The lifeline has been given after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) left open a window in the election laws for aspirants to run as independent candidates.

This has been occasioned by an ambiguity in the Election Amendment Act, 2016 that outlawed party hoping.

READ ALSO: IEBC cancels crucial election management tender

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati flanked by commissioners during a past press briefing

It now emerges that the drafters of the law only prohibited losers from joining other parties but did not seal the provision that allows such aspirants to run as independent candidates.

And that has come to the benefit of would be party nomination losers given the high stakes in the exercise scheduled to kick off from April 13, 2017 to April 26, 2017.

READ ALSO: Hunt for votes begins as IEBC gazettes official campaign dates

“Each political party wishing to participate in the elections must finalise its primaries on or before the 26th April 2017,” IEBC said.

“Candidates intending to participate in the general elections as independent candidates shall cease being members of any political party by May 8, 2017, being 3 months before the General Election,” the electoral agency added in a Gazette notice signed by its chairman Wafula Chebukati.

Officials of the Jubilee Party with President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto at State House Nairobi on March 21

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