KISUMU, 1ST MARCH 2018: Ugenya MP Chris Karan has lost his seat following a successful petition by former MP David Ochieng'.
The court found that Mr. Karan's election was as a result of "perverted" information peddled to the voters.
The petitioner demonstrated to the court that Mr. Karan who was an ODM candidate accused Mr. Ochieng' and independent candidate of being a Jubilee mole. This according to the judge "poisoned the election environment" thereby "compromising" the entire process.
“Being Siaya was Raila Odinga’s backyard, linking Mr Ochieng to Jubilee affected the final results. These results did not pass transparent and verifiable-election test.”
Karan was also accused of linking the former Ugenya legislator to the death of former IEBC ICT boss Chris Musando, another factor that the court says could have influenced the outcome of the August election.
“I find that the campaign was perverted and compromised the integrity of the election,” added Justice Tripisa Cherere.
Mr. Karan and the other respondents have been ordered to pay Sh. 7 million in legal costs.