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Wekesa joins growing list of poll petitioners

By - | April 12th 2013

Former Cabinet minister Noah Wekesa has joined leaders who have filed petitions challenging the victory of their rivals.

Those facing election petitions include Kisumu West MP Olago Aluoch, David Wafula of Saboti and Shinyalu’s Lisamula Anami.

The former Forestry minister has moved to the High Court in Kitale contesting election of Patrick Khaemba as Trans Nzoia Governor.

Through advocate David Onyancha, Wekesa claims the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officers breached election laws, making declaration of Khaemba as winner illegal.

voter bribery

He also alleges that during the elections, his challenger’s agents engaged in voter irregularities like vote buying, bribery and violence.

“IEBC failed in it’s mandate of training staff, which led to challenges experienced like difficulty in the use of BVR machines which made the outcome not acceptable’’.

In the same court, Hassan Omari a.k.a Mutacho and Jonas Kuko have filed petitions seeking nullification of the election of David Wekesa as Saboti MP.

They argue there were several voters bribery incidences prior and during the Election Day, which affected the outcome of the polls.

In Kacheliba, John Lodinyo is challenging the election of Mark Lomunokol as area MP.

He argues the voters’ register, rejected votes, recorded votes should be scrutinised in public.

In Endebess constituency, Joshua Werunga wants the court to declare the election of Robert Pukose as the area MP null and void, alleging irregularities such as voter bribery.

In Kajiado, former County Council Chairman Taraiya Ole Kores wants the court to nullify the election of David ole Nkedienye and Paul Ntaiti as governor and deputy governor. He claims their election is unlawful because Mr Ntaiti does not hold required academic credentials.

fresh polls

In Kisumu West constituency, ODM candidate Rozah Buyu has challenged the election of Ford Kenya’s  Aluoch. The IEBC, Kisumu West Returning Officer Hanson Mugo and Mr Olago have been named as respondents. In an affidavit, Ms Buyu wants the results from the constituency examined and recounted.

“The election should be declared null and void and fresh elections should be conducted,” she states

In Shinyalu, Mr Justus Kizito wants the election of Lisamula Anami as legislator  overturned. 

The former MP, who filed the case at Kakamega High Court, wants fresh polls conducted, citing malpractices and will be represented by senior counsel John Khaminwa.

In Saboti constituency, parliamentary loser Jonas Kuko on Wednesday filed a petition at the Kitale High Court challenging David Wafula’s win.

Kuko, who vied for the seat on a URP ticket, wants the victory of Wafula nullified, noting massive electoral flaws.

Meanwhile, a Kisumu court was yesterday told the electoral body has not supplied Siaya County’s gubernatorial seat loser William Oduol with vital documents to enable him file a petition.

Kisumu High Court judge Hillary Chemitei was yesterday gave IEBC three weeks to furnish Oduol with the documents.

Oduol is seeking the documents to be used as evidence in support of an election petition filed against Siaya Governor Rasanga Amoth.

Additional reports by Maureen Odiwuor, Francis Ontomwa and Pamela Chepkemei


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