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Nyeri might go for by-election

03 April 2013, 13:20 Wangui Joseph

Though Nyeri County governor Nderitu Gachagua was sworn in and assumed office, his governorship is between a rock and a hard place.

This is due to an election petition that was filed by his rival Thuo Mathenge, who lodged complaints against the polls body that it gave his running mate's new names in the ballot paper other than which he had presented to them.

The Saba Saba Asili Secretary General had picked a Karatina based businessman, Jeff Kamau, as his running mate with believes that he would have helped him garner the huge Mathira votes.

In the ballot paper, Thuo was surprised to find a man by the name Geoffrey Ndegwa as his running mate.

Thuo claims that Ndegwa hails from Kieni Constituency, a former councilor who does not even have an O-level certificate and therefore unqualified to be anybody’s running mate.

According to him, if it were not for the alteration of names, he would have clinched the seat.

He claims that the mistake was deliberately done by the regional electoral office just to ensure his bid ended up in darkness.

The case has been referred to the chief justice for determination.

In the petition, Thuo is seeking for fresh elections for the governor’s seat with all rules and regulations being observed.

During the polls, the petitioner came a distant third with a difference of almost a hundred thousand votes from the leading candidate (Gachagua).

He has hired a team of eight lawyers led by veteran Lucy Mwai to challenge the suit.

In the meantime, it will take Gachagua some extra work to establish himself as the most acceptable governor in the county to win the majority vote in case of a by-election.

He and his team will be forced to fully and swiftly implement the policies he presented to the electorates during the campaigns period.

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