Independent candidate Muthiora Kariara set ablaze his voters’ card after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) rejected his bid yesterday at the Bomas of Kenya.
Muthiora concluded the long list of aspirants who appeared before the IEBC but failed to be cleared for not meeting the requirements to contest for the top seat.
Muthiora failed to get the IEBC clearance for lacking the required minimum number of supporters.
The frustrated candidate protested the decision, claiming it denied Kenyans the right to vote for a different voice.
“I may be young but I have my stake. This (voters card) should be my voice and I know there are those that believe they need a different choice from the selection that has been made. Maybe this is not the only way, maybe there is another way,” Muthiora said.
He then asked for a lighter and set his voters card on fire while recalling how hard it was for him to get the ID copies and signatures that he submitted to the IEBC on Monday.
“We chose not to take the shortcut. We went the long way, but we fell short,” he said.
Other independent candidates who failed the clearance test are Gibson Ngaruiya, Dorothy Kemunto, James Kamau, Jeremiah Nyaga, Jane Juliet Munyeki, Peter Kingori, George and Munyotta.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.