In Summary
  • Mr Maalim cited irregularities as the basis for challenging Mr Duale’s victory.

  • Mr Duale also rejected reports that the electronic gadgets used in the poll failed on the morning of August 8.

  • The MP has also denied making civil servants force Garissa residents to vote for him.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has maintained that he beat Mr Farah Maalim fairly in the August 8 election.

Mr Duale said the votes he got against his rival were far more than what he garnered in 2013, attributing it to “my development record in Garissa Town”.

He dismissed reports that he influenced the recruiting of presiding officers and other election officials. He also denied that his sisters bribed voters.

“It is the petitioner who, in fact, provided a list from his clan to be considered for presiding officer positions,” he said.

Mr Maalim cited irregularities as the basis for challenging Mr Duale’s victory.

“I didn’t see the bribery or anyone being bribed but I saw a crowd negotiating,” Mr Maalim said.

ELECTRONIC GADGETS

Mr Duale also rejected reports that the electronic gadgets used in the poll failed on the morning of August 8, adding that the results announced at polling stations were correct.

The MP has also denied making civil servants force Garissa residents to vote for him.

“I did not use violence, threats of force during the election. The allegations are slanderous. No complaint has been made to any police station,” the National Assembly Majority Leader said in his affidavit.

The parties concluded giving their evidence and the court directed lawyers to file their submissions before January 11, when they begin their arguments.

SAMBURU

Meanwhile, High Court Judge Roseline Wendoh directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to give a petitioner challenging the victory of Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal access to forms 37A, 37B and 37C.

Former Samburu West MP Simeon Lesirma is challenging Mr Lenolkulal’s August 8 win.

The judge also allowed the petitioner a read-only access to data extracted from the Kenya Integrated Election Management System kits.

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