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Nyeri Governor's win challenged in court

23 April 2013, 12:16 Wangui Joseph

A voter has moved to Nyeri High court challenging the election of Governor Nderitu Gachagua.

Micheal Mwangi Kibicho who was vying for the County Representative seat in Mukurwe-ini Central ward has named Nderitu Gachagua, Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), and IEBC’s Nyeri county returning officer Peter Wanjohi as respondents in the case.

In the suit, Mwangi claims that the returning officer declared Gachagua the winner of the governor’s seat in Nyeri County even though the exercise was marred with anomalies which he believes were deliberate.

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His petition is in support of another suit filed by Thuo Mathenge who was also running for the gubernatorial seat on a Saba Saba Asili party ticket.

Thuo was a distant third, with less than 50 000 votes compared to Gachagua who led with more than 130 000 votes.

Mwangi claims that the returning officer gazetted a stranger as Thuo Mathenge's running mate instead of publishing the names he had forwarded, Geoffrey Kamau Kibui.

He further complains that Wanjohi failed to gazette the correct name of Thuo's running mate, a fact that he says disturbed voters and influenced them to vote against him.

Earlier, Thuo said he had dodged a complaint seeking to correct his running mate's names prior to elections day though Wanjohi had assured him that the anomaly would be corrected.

He had picked Geoffrey Kamau Kibui, a Karatina businessman, as his running mate but the ballot paper indicated Geoffrey Gitonga Ndegwa as the running mate.

Gitonga was also running for Mugunda ward County Representative seat and therefore his names appeared twice in the ballot paper.

Mwangi however says that Thuo was prejudiced for he had invested a lot of time and other resources campaigning for his bid.

Nevertheless, his efforts were not rewarded as voters did not want the person indicated in the ballot paper to be their deputy governor.

He wants Gachagua’s election be declared invalid and the overall gubernatorial elections in the County nullified.  

The voter continues to state that fresh elections should be held and costs of the petition borne by the IEBC and the returning officer.

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