Court upholds Ojaamong re-election case
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s supporters had every reason to smile after the court dismissed election petition that questioned his win.
Judge Kiarie Waweru of Busia Court dismissed the petition on Monday morning saying that the petitioner did not produce enough evidence to prove his case.
Peter Odima Khasamule, a voter from Nambale Constituency and a lead campaigner of former Funyula MP Paul Otuoma was directed to pay charges of Sh12 million, the amount that will be divided among Ojaamong, County Returning Officer and the the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Ojaamong, the returning officer and the IEBC will get Sh4 million each.
MP Paul Otuoma finished second in the governorial race that he ran on an Independent ticket while his opponent Mr Ojaamong ran on the ODM ticket.
Mr Odima had filed the petition arguing that the election was not conducted in accordance with the principles of the Constitution. In his petiotion, Odima cited malpractices during the voting process, campaigns in polling stations on voting day and use of county resources and workers during campaigns.
Through his lawyer David Ochieng claimed that returning and presiding officers were harassed and intimidated, and that the final results were manipulated.
Ojaamong who was third respondent in the case, was declared winner of the August 8, 2017 polls with 135,962 votes against Paul Otuoma’s 125,165. The total number of valid votes cast was 275,653.