April 20, 2018

BREAKING: Court nullifies Wajir Governor Mohammed Abdi’s victory

Wajir County residents celebrate after the victory of Governor Mohammed Abdi was nullified. [www.nation.co.ke]

Wajir Governor Mohammed Abdi has lost his seat after the Elections Court declared his election as null and void.

The petition had been lodged by former Governor Ahmed Abdullahi.

On Friday, Justice Alfred Mabeya of Milimani High Court while issuing the ruling stated that the Jubilee allied governor was not cleared to contest for the seat in the August 8 general polls.

According to Daily Nation, Abdi did not have a valid degree certificate from a recognized university and that the election was marred by irregularities.

Judge Mabeya cited that failure by Abdi to turn up in court to defend allegations he did not have a valid degree certificate cast aspersion on his side.

He said cross examination would have given the governor an opportunity to shed more light on the claims.

The judge went on to state that it was beyond logic that the governor obtained a masters degree from a university based in Kampala within 6 months.

He also said a letter from the Commission of University Education (CUE) produced by the troubled governor was not enough though it stated it recognized the degree.

The judge also cited that presiding officers opened sealed ballot boxes contrary to the law.

Further, that with high illiteracy rates among the county voters, there was a breach in the electoral conduct as presiding officers asked the voters to shout the name of their preferred candidate.

The High Court ordered a by-election in the county in accordance with the elections law.

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