Mary Wambui's election still at the mercy of court
05 December 2013, 11:44
Nyeri - Othaya Member of Parliament, Mary Wambui Munene will know her fate as the area MP on February 13 next year according to the Nyeri Appellate Court.
The court on Tuesday fixed the date when it will deliver a judgment in regard to a poll petition appeal filed by Othaya parliamentary election loser, Peter Gichuki King’ara.
While addressing a three-judge-panel comprising Judge Alnasir Visram, Otieno Odek and Lady Justice Martha Koome, King’ara was seeking reversal of a judgment that was delivered by High Court judge, Justice Jairus Ngaah upholding Wambui's election as area MP.
However, through his lawyer Kithinji Marete, King’ara made an application urging the judges to compel Wambui to produce her education certificates since he believes that she was not eligible to vie for the seat.
King’ara claimed that Wambui did not meet the education threshold provided by the Constitution.
He further urged the court to order for a recount and scrutiny of votes cast in the constituency during March 4 polls, claiming that the exercise was marred with a lot of irregularities and the ground was not level for all candidates.
He said that Wambui refused to produce the required credentials in court during earlier proceedings.
King’ara added that a returning officer in charge of Kagumo tallying center failed to announce the results at the station but proceeded to the national tallying center where he produced the results for the said center.
However, his allegations had been dismissed by the High Court on grounds that he did not furnish court with sufficient evidence to prove that Wambui or the electoral commission committed the election offences.
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