, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 26 – The High Court has suspended a decision by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to fine Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga Sh500,000 for breaching the electoral code of conduct.
Judge George Odunga issued the temporary order pending hearing of Akaranga’s appeal on Monday next week, saying it raises arguable issues.
Akaranga has contested the decision by the IEBC, claiming he will be highly prejudiced given its only days to the General Election.
He wants the directive requiring him to remove all his campaigning materials bearing NASA’s symbols and logo set aside.
Further, he wants the amount refunded to him.
Governor Akaranga is crying foul over the action arguing that requiring him to produce new campaign materials is costly in terms of time and finances.
Akaranga, who is seeking re-election under the Progressive Party of Kenya, was fined after he was found guilty by the polls body of using NASA’s symbols and colours yet his party was not a member of the coalition.
This, he says has caused him to suffer untold emotional distress and psychological trauma because the General Election is only few days away.
IEBC ordered Akaranga to pull down any conflicting campaign material within three days, failure to which he risks being disqualified from vying on August 8.