Court rules senator Lesudda retains seat
16 April 2014, 17:25
Nairobi - Nominated senator Naisula Lesuuda has retained her seat as nominated senator thanks to a court of appeal ruling which rubber-stamped her position.
The ruling was made Wednesday in Nairobi, saving face for the former journalist turned politician.
She had been taken to court by Lydia Mathia who had queried her nomination, saying that the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commision IEBC altered the original nomination list presented by The National Alliance Party TNA.
Mathia, who was top of the original list, lost out to Lesuuda in the changes made.
The five judge bench though, ruled that the IEBC was within its right to alter the list if they wished to, as long as official communication from the party had been received.
Mathia had argued that IEBC had no jurisdiction to change the list.
It was relief for Lesuuda, who had earlier won a High Court case over the same matter, and left her happy with the result.
" I am happy it has been laid to rest, she said after the ruling.
It was also a rare win for the IEBC as regards electoral petitions, having lost several previous court rulings and been forced to re-do elections over March 2013 general Election malpractices.
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