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Esther Murugi's win challenged in court

12 April 2013, 13:14 Wangui Joseph

Another election petition has been filed at Nyeri High court challenging the election of Esther Murugi as Nyeri Town Member of Parliament.

The suit, filed by a businessman Nginga Kimotho who secured a distant fifth position in the last elections, is seeking for fresh elections in the constituency.

Nginga was running on a People’s Party of Kenya (PPK) ticket and garnered 442 votes lower than TNA's Esther Murugi who garnered 28 564 votes.

The petitioner has named Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the constituency Returning officer Margret Kariuki and Murugi as respondents in the petition.

Nginga claimed that IEBC conducted the election in favour of Murugi.

He further said that the polls body had all reasons to believe the election results were false due to malpractices that marred the exercise in the constituency.  

The businessman added that his votes together with those of his opponents were decreased in some polling centers while  Murugi's votes were increased.

He also claimed that his agents were locked out of polling stations during vote tallying.

He said that the former Minister for Special programmes was declared winner even after he presented his complaints to the Returning Officer.

This is the second petition filed against Muguri.

The latest one was filed by George Miatu who was complaining that his names were misspelled in the ballot paper. His names appeared as George Maitu instead of Miatu as he had forwarded to the polls body.

Others in the race were Duncan Mathenge with 21 154 votes, George Miatu 5 341 and Paul Kanyari 2 084 votes.

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