Court nullifies Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti’s election, orders fresh polls
The High Court has nullified August 8 election win of Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti and ordered for fresh elections in 60 days.
Making the ruling on Tuesday morning at the Homa Bay court, the judge said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) did not conduct a free and fair election.
Judge Joseph Karanja, also said Mr Awiti’s challenger and independent candidate Oyugi Magwanga had provided enough evidence for the nullification of the Homa Bay governor’s election.
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Magwanga, who is the former Kasipul MP Oyugihad cited irregularities in the August 8 elections for the governor’s seat and provided enough evidence.
The court orderered IEBC to conduct a repeat election acording to the Constitution and election laws.
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Awiti had 210,173 votes against Magwanga’s 189,060, who was running as an independent after failing to clinch the ODM nomination.
Tom Onyango of Jubilee took the third position with 1,432 votes, folowed by Medo Misama with 668 votes.
Magwanga, however, disagreed with IEBC results claiming that they had been manipulated at the tallying tables and sued IEBC, returning officer Michael Kosgei, Awiti and Homa Bay DG Hamilton Orata.
Mr Awiti is the second governor to lose his victory after Wajir’s Ahmed Mohammed Abdi Mahamud, whose election was nullified following a successful petition on January 12.