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Sonko has been disqualified from running for governor of Mombasa.

Wafula Chebukati, chair of the IEBC, stated that this follows his impeachment in 2020.

•Chebukati stated that the impeached Nairobi Governor is unfit to run in the August elections.

• He stated that individuals found to have violated Chapter Six of the Constitution cannot be elected or appointed to public office under Article 75 (3) of the Constitution.

Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has been disqualified from running for governor of Mombasa.

Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), said the impeached Nairobi Governor was unfit to run for the seat in the August elections.

Chebukati stated in a statement on Saturday that the Commission received a report from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission that listed one governor aspirant, one senatorial aspirant, and one Member of the County Assembly aspirant as unfit to hold public office as a result of their impeachment or removal from office for abuse of office.

Individuals found to have violated Chapter Six of the Constitution, he said, cannot hold public office through election or appointment under Article 75 (3) of the Constitution.

“The commission believes that Article 75 of the Constitution is self-speaking and self-executing, and that it does not contain a proviso” (a saving clause).

“As a result, the three aspirants who have been removed from office through impeachment are ineligible to run in the election,” Chebukati said.

There is one presidential candidate, 12 gubernatorial candidates, five senatorial candidates, one County Woman Representative candidate, 12 National Assembly candidates, and 24 County Assembly members.

Chebukati, on the other hand, stated that four convicted aspirants are ineligible unless they file appeals in their cases.

They include one gubernatorial candidate, two National Assembly members, and one MCA candidate.

Furthermore, all public officers who do not resign from their positions by the February 9, 2022 deadline are disqualified from voting in the August elections.

Chebukati stated that the EACC discovered 166 aspirants had failed to meet the deadlines.

“However, this requirement does not apply to currently serving elected state officers because they are protected by Section 43(6) of the Elections Act,” Chebukati explained.

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