Court nullifies election of Migori County Assembly speaker

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A High Court in Migori has nullified the election of the Migori county assembly speaker and his deputy and ordered for a re-election within 14 days.

In his judgment, Justice Hillary Chemitei stated that Boaz Okoth and his deputy George Okinyi Omamba were not dully elected speaker and deputy respectively.

Migori county assembly will be going back to the ballot in the next 14 days to elect a speaker and deputy speaker.

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Justice Chemitei nullified the elections noting that the process was marred by irregularities, such as hired goons disrupting the elections, which later saw Okoth declared as the speaker.

The judge   further directed both the petitioner and the respondents to meet the costs of the petition.

The election of Okoth as the assembly speaker on 31st August 2017 was challenged by Kerario   Marwa, who had garnered 29 votes in the second round of elections.

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Separately, the election of Yatta Member of Parliament Charles Kilonzo has been upheld by the High Court in Machakos.

Justice Aggrey Muchelule dismissed the petition filed by former MP Francis Mwangangi on grounds that he lacked sufficient evidence and that the case was filed out of time.

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Mwangangi was challenging the validity of Kilonzo’s win alleging that there was massive voter bribery, and that his agents were denied access to polling stations.

Mwangangi has however voiced discontent and said he will appeal the judgment in 30 days. Kilonzo was declared winner after garnering 18,320 votes against 11,383 for Mwangangi.

 

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