Raila in court for Babu Owino’s election petition


Raila in court for Babu Owino's election petition

In Summary

  • Opposition leader Raila Odinga was on Monday morning in court for the hearing of a petition challenging the election of Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino.
  • In a show of solidarity Mr. Odinga led a section of NASA leaders in supporting Babu Owino, one of his dyed-in-the-wool supporters.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga was on Monday morning in court for the hearing of a petition challenging the election of Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino.

In a show of solidarity, Mr. Odinga led a section of NASA leaders in supporting Babu Owino, one of his dyed-in-the-wool supporters.

The case is at its final stage where the petitioner, Mbugua Mureithi; who was vying on a Jubilee Party ticket, wants the court to order scrutiny and recount of all the votes cast in the constituency on August 8, 2017.

Mureithi alleges that the election was marred by irregularities, accusing Babu Owino of engaging in voter bribery and violence during the election day, allegations the Embakasi MP strongly denied in his submissions.

On December 19, 2017, the Returning Officer in Embakasi-East told the court that during the final stage of tallying, he was under duress from Babu Owino since he had misplaced Form 35C which he was supposed to fill and declare the winner.

“During the final stage of the tallying process, I realised that form 35C which is used to declare the winner, was missing. I had to look for it first but Babu Owino got impatient and went crazy. I was under pressure but I would not have announced different results because he was still the winner from the results we tallied,” Nicholas Butuk clarified.

The hearing of the petition is still ongoing with all parties having completed producing their witnesses in court.

 

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