Charity Ngilu Protests as IEBC Keeps Her Name on Ballot Despite Withdrawal

  • Kitui governor Charity Ngilu during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting in Mombasa on January 25, 2020.
    Kitui governor Charity Ngilu during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting in Mombasa on January 25, 2020.
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  • Kitui county governor Charity Ngilu lamented over her name still being included on the ballot papers despite withdrawing from the gubernatorial race. 

    Ngilu noted that she had notified the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to exclude her name from the Kitui gubernatorial ballot papers on July 19.

    "I expected the IEBC to act fast after I notified them in writing. Such mistakes should not have occurred because it will lead to spoilt votes," she complained.

    A set-up at a polling station during the August 9 General elections 2022
    A set-up at a polling station during the August 9 General elections 2022
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    Ngilu went ahead to urge her supporters to ignore her name on the ballot and support David Musila a candidate from the Jubilee party.

    She pointed blamed the electoral body for the shortcoming that will result in invalid votes, and confusion among her supporters.

    "The people of Kitui know my support is for the Jubilee Party candidate David Musila, and I have been campaigning for him,  that fact hasn't changed" she emphasized.

    The Azimio La Umoja flagbearer Raila Odinga announced Ngilu's decision during his tour in Kitui county on June 15. Raila noted that Ngilu would be appointed in his his government should he win the elections.

    Her hopes to defend seat were dented by veteran politician David Musila and Wiper's Malombe who was the county's pioneer governor in 2013.

    The three were from different parties under the Azimio La Umoja coalition, pausing a challenge to Odinga, as he fought hard to avert fierce sibling rivalry within his camp.

    The once presidential candidate and David Musila held talks and agreed on who would drop their bid in support of the other to boost the chances of clinching the seat. 

    During the launch of Digital Mission for Ushanga Kenya on June 17, Ngilu noted that it was time to nurture a new group of women leaders after participating in active politics for 30 years.

    "I stepped down because I want to support women on a national level," Ngilu explained.

    Her position in the Azimio government is yet to be revealed. The former Prime minister however hinted that Ngilu would work from Nairobi.

    Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu welcoming Raila Odinga in Kitui South on Wednesday June 15, 2022
    Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu welcoming Raila Odinga in Kitui South on Wednesday, June 15, 2022
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