Ayiecho Olweny: The Man Leading Parliamentary Race Despite Not Being On Ballot Paper


As the result collation of the just concluded Kenyan elections enters day- three, the residents of Muhoroni Constituency received a shocking report about how Prof Ayiecho Olweny won a seat in the parliament even though his name did not appear on the ballot papers.

Olweny who belongs to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) had emerged the winner on the IEBC portal despite his name not being found in Tuesday’s ballot paper.

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The former Education minister was elected to represent the Muhoroni Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya in the Kenyan parliamentary election, 2007

In June this year, the IEBC cleared him to run for Muhoroni MP seat on an ODM ticket after the High Court ruling which overturned KOyoo’s ODM nomination for the seat following a petition against the April primaries.

Justice Jessie Lesiit declared the former MP saying this was in line with results from all 87 polling stations.The MP’s supporters vowed not to vote for Olweny on grounds that he was not legitimately elected.

The MP’s supporters, however, vowed not to vote for Olweny on grounds that he was not legitimately elected. The residents even asked ODM leader Raila Odinga to urgently intervene to prevent voter apathy on August 8.

As at Sunday, August 6,  Prof Olweny was still in court protesting the awarding of the ODM nomination certificate to K’Oyoo but his case was dismissed by the Supreme Court.

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Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) had claimed that the appearance of Professor Ayiecho Olweny as the winner on their web page was an error.

The commission, through Muhoroni returning officer, said the mistake was caused by the numerous changes made to the candidates’ list.

Voters protested the mix-up but it appears there was a slight problem with the system as by Thursday noon, Olweny was still leading.

Result published by the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission shows that embattled Prof Ayiecho Olweny is leading on parliamentary race despite….