ODM loses Dabaso Ward seat in Malindi
Changawa will now be going to seek reelection.
“The person ceases to be a member of the County assembly from today,” said the speaker in the gallery.
The declaration came after the court of appeal sitting in Mombasa ruled that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) erred in declaring Changawa the winner in the 2017 General election.
Changawa who addressed journalists outside the assembly premises said that he was confident of being reelected in the by-election set to be announced by the IEBC.
“I am confident that my party ODM will give me a direct ticket having been a loyal life member and I am also confident that I will be re-elected to serve the people of Dabaso ward.
Malindi chief Magistrate Julie Oseko had upheld the election of Changawa and absolved the IEBC of electoral malpractices during the polling period but the petitioner Dickson Karani of Amani National Congress (ANC) party appealed to the high court where Judge Weldon Korir overturned Oseko’s ruling.
Korir cited documented evidence in forms submitted by IEBC which were ignored by the lower court when sustaining Changawa's victory.
Changawa appealed the decision at the Court of Appeal in Mombasa and the court upheld the ruling of Justice Korir.
Speaker Kahindi added that he received a letter from the appeal court but had to return it because it lacked the requisite rubber stamp.
“I received a letter from the court early this year but I had to return it because it a had a stamp of the Environment and Lands court and being a lawyer by profession I could have landed in legal trouble if I had used it to declare the seat vacant,” he said.
He said that he received another letter with the correct corresponding stamp 18 days ago and declared the seat vacant.
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