18 to testify in Mandera governor election petition

18 to testify in Mandera governor election petition

Eighteen witnesses are set to testify before the High Court in a petition by Hassan Noor challenging the election of Ali Ibrahim Roba as the Governor of Mandera County.

Through his lawyer, Professor Tom Ojienda, the petitioner told Nairobi High Court judge Fred Ochieng’ “we have 18 witnesses who will give testimony during the hearing of this election petition.”

Justice Ochieng’ advised both parties to focus on key issues such as allegations that agents signed blank forms before results were announced.

Noor, who contested the Mandera gubernatorial seat on an Economic Freedom Party (EFP) ticket, lost to Jubilee’s Ali Roba in the August 8 elections and filed a petition alleging that the poll was not conducted in accordance with the law.

The former Mandera provincial administrator’s petition alleges that strangers well known to Governor Roba were deployed as presiding officers to oversee the election and in the process aided in malpractices that significantly influenced the outcome of the poll.

Noor also wants the court to order inspection of ballot boxes and a re-tallying of votes cast in Mandera North constituency, where he alleges most of the malpractices occured.

The petition also enjoins the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Mandera County returning officer David Mark Ade as respondents.

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