High Court nullifies Embakasi East MP Babu Owino’s election

The High Court has nullified the election of controversial Embakasi East Member of parliament Babu Owino following a petition by Francis Mureithi.

It was a sigh of relief for Mureithi who contested on a jubilee ticket but lost to Babu during the August 8th parliamentary election.

In his ruling, High Court Judge Joseph Sergon noted that Babu’s election was marred with massive irregularities as well as violence.

Sergon said Babu intimidated and harassed the returning officer and in the process compromised the outcome of the election.

Sergon has therefore ordered that a by-election be held in accordance with the law, even as Babu said he will appeal the ruling.

Babu said he was disappointed with the ruling saying an extensive recount and scrutiny of the votes indicated that he garnered more votes than Mureithi.

And in the same breath, residents of Wajir West are likely to hold a by-election after the High Court nullified the election of Ahmed Kholash.

In a petition filed by KANU candidate Ibrahim Adrirahman, Justice Francis Tuiyot ruled that Ibrahim was not validly elected saying the election was irregular.

The hearing of all election petition cases comes to an end on Friday, with an estimated 446 petitions said to have been filed across the Country.

Already the Courts have nullified the election of Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter, Embu Governor Martin Wambora among others.

Elsewhere Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru has moved to the Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Appeal’s decision directing that a petition challenging her win be heard again.

Martha Karua filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal after the High Court in Kerugoya dismissed her petition challenging Waiguru’s win.


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