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IEBC incurs losses after court nullifies Lunga Lunga, Lamu by - elections

28 November 2013, 11:55 Harrison Mbungu

Lamu - After the court of appeal reinstated the Lunga Lunga member of parliament, Hatib Mwashetani, and Lamu Governor, Isa Timammy, a lot of questions now emerge on how much was spent for the preparation of the nullified by - elections.

The IEBC had received KES 400 million from the National Treasury to prepare and facilitate the 12 by - elections scheduled for December 2. According to the IEBC chief executive officer, Betty Nyabuto, the commission had earlier confirmed that the preparations for the Lamu and Lunga Lunga by - elections.

Printing of ballot papers had already began and thus IEBC is now counting losses.

The Cord coalition and other parties affiliated to the jubilee coalition had launched their campaigns for their respective candidates, and definitely money had been spent on the exercise.

In Lamu, the commission had already cleared Fahim Twaha Yassim  (TNA) and former governor Abdhalla Timmamy (UDF) to contest for the gubernatorial seat while Lunga Lunga's Benson Mwilu (TNA), Abdhalla Ngozi ( KNC) and Khatib Mwashetani (Ford Kenya) were also cleared. Others were Omar Zonga (URP) and Said Mbovu (FPK) were also cleared for the mini polls.

Mwashetani reclaimed his Lunga Lunga parliamentary seat after the court of appeal in Malindi overturned a ruling by the high court that nullified his election. The appeal which was heard by three courts of appeal judges - Hanna Okwengu, Milton Makhandia and Fatma Sichelle - Judge Sichele ruled out that Mwashetani was vividly elected as the Member of Parliament for Lunga Lunga.

After the ruling, the judge ordered that Mwashetani be reissued with a certificate stating that he was duly elected as Lunga Lunga member of parliament. The commission had received 400 million from the national treasury to prepare for the December 2 by-elections.

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