By WAMBUI PAULINE
The IEBC has rejected to clear a Kenyatta University don Nzuki Mwinzi to contest at the March 26 Kitui West parliamentary seat by-election.
Returning officer James Mbai at the weekend cleared five other candidates to faceoff for the seat left vacant after the death Francis Nyenze on December 6 last year.
“We declined to clear him because he had not formerly resigned his teaching job at the Kenyatta University,” Mbai told the Star on the phone yesterday.
Among those that IEBC gave a nod to participate in the March 26 by-election are Edith Nyenze of Wiper and Robert Mutiso of Narc Kenya.
Others are Fridah Nyiva of the Kenya National Congress, Elijah Kilonzi of Muungano Party and independent candidate Dennis Mulwa.
Mbai has cautioned the candidates to adhere to the Election Code of Conduct. He said the politicians are expected to observe campaign timelines and steer clear of violence.
“They all committed themselves to adhere to the campaign schedules. The Code of Conduct, which they have subscribed to, is binding until the ultimate winner goes to Parliament and is sworn in,” he said.
Mbai said he told the politicians that in the event one of them is caught violating the rules, he or she will lose candidature.