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Court Nullifies Election of Homabay Governor Cyprian Awiti

By Daniel Ominde on Tue, 20/02/2018 - 09:20

HOMABAY, 20TH FEBRUARY 2018: Governor Cyprian Awiti becomes the second governor to lose his position following an election petition.

Justice Joseph Karanja found that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) did not conduct a free and fair election in Homabay.

"He cannot be declared validly elected from a flawed process that he has now benefited from. In fact, this petition is allowed with orders that a fresh gubernatorial election for the county of Homabay be held. ” he stated.

The court ordered IEBC to conduct a fresh elections that meets the thresholds set by the constitution and election laws.

The petition against Awiti's win was filed by Oyugi Magwanga who contested as an independent candidate in the August elections. He filed an application in the court for a recount and scrutiny of votes cast in the August 8th election in pursuit of a nullification.

The court  granted an order for scrutiny and a recount of votes in 400 polling centers across the county in December 2017.

Wajir's Ahmed Mohammed Abdi Mahamud was the first governor to have his win overturned in a gubernatorial election petition.

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