In Summary
  • High Court Judge Lydia Achode is expected to give the verdict on Thursday next week. 

The fate of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho will be known next week when a court will deliver judgment in a petition challenging his election for a second term.

The suit was filed by former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar who challenged the governor’s victory citing irregularities during the August 2017 polls.

In the petition, the former senator claimed that the gubernatorial poll was marred with illegalities and irregularities that saw Mr Joho, who is the ODM deputy party leader, declared winner.

VERDICT

The petitioner, who decamped to Jubilee from Wiper party after losing the elections, asked the court to nullify the election and order a fresh one claiming Mr Joho's win did not reflect the will of the people of Mombasa.

High Court Judge Lydia Achode is expected to give the verdict on Thursday next week. 

In the August 8 General Election Mr Joho was declared winner of the Mombasa gubernatorial race after garnering 221, 363 votes. Mr Omar came a distant third after polling 43,790 votes.

Jubilee party’s Suleiman Shahbal was second with 69, 429 votes.

The former senator unsuccessfully applied to withdraw the petition.

Justice Achode declined to grant him permission to do so on grounds that the matter had been already exhausted before the court and that it was in its final stage.

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