Jimmy Wanjigi’s appeal against the IEBC’s decision to exclude him from the 2022 presidential election was denied by the Supreme Court. Due to his lack of a degree, the High Court and Court of Appeal had determined that he was unable to take part.
Only matters affecting the interpretation or application of the Constitution are within the Supreme Court’s purview. Wanjigi was unable to show that there were any constitutional problems, and his appeal fell short of the standard necessary for the Supreme Court to consider it.
Wanjigi requested that the court reconsider the facts and reach a decision that accorded with him, but the court determined that he had failed to prove a claim that raises any constitutional questions about its interpretation or application.
The Supreme Court said that the qualifications and nomination of candidates would continue to be resolved as and when they occur in light of exceptional circumstances, notwithstanding Wanjigi’s contention that his constitutional right to vote and be on the ballot had been denied.
Wanjigi’s political aspirations have been dashed by the decision, and if he wants to run for president, he will now need to look into other choices.