In Summary
  • While asking the court to dismiss Mr Maalim’s petition and award him costs of Sh5 million, Mr Duale said the law demands that the person who alleges must prove his claims.
  • He told Justice Hedwig Ong’udi that although Mr Maalim claims anomalies in forms 35A, he failed to challenge the results contained in the said forms

  • Mr Maalim challenged Mr Duale’s election, saying in some polling stations, the votes exceeded number of registered voters.

Garissa MP Aden Duale on Thursday defended his parliamentary seat win, saying it was fair, and claims of irregularities by former MP Farah Maalim have not been proved.

While asking the court to dismiss Mr Maalim’s petition and award him costs of Sh5 million, Mr Duale, through lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi, said the law demands that the person who alleges must prove his claims. He said Mr Maalim made a plethora of allegations not backed by evidence.

He told Justice Hedwig Ong’udi that although Mr Maalim claims anomalies in forms 35A, he failed to challenge the results contained in the said forms. He added that the refusal or failure by a candidate or an agent to sign a declaration form, or to record the reasons for the refusal to sign, cannot by itself invalidate the results.

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Mr Duale, who is also the National Assembly majority leader, defended the appointment of returning officer Boru Duba, saying it was done procedurally.

Mr Maalim challenged Mr Duale’s election, saying in some polling stations, the votes exceeded number of registered voters. He cited Kefri centre polling station 02, which has 554 registered voters but 938 voters cast their votes on August 8, 2017.

Others are Young Muslims primary school with 544 registered voters but 948 people allegedly voted and Iftin primary school where 704 voters cast their votes yet there are 496 registered voters.

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