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Obado returns as Migori Governor: Supreme Court

17 July 2014, 13:55 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Zachary Okoth Obado has been re-instated as Migori Governor by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court judges who made the ruling Thursday, faulted the Court of Appeal in Kisumu, which had revoked Obado's election for passing judgement on a case out of their jurisdiction.

They cited the fact that extra evidence was used in revoking Obado's election as out of their jurisdiction.

" We have made the following finding, that the judgment of the Court of Appeal annulling the election of Zachariah Okoth Obado as Governor for Migori County is hereby set aside, the ruling read.

" For avoidance of doubt, declaration of the result of the election by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in respect of the seat of Governor of Migori County is hereby restored.

In the 2013 General Election, Mr Obado was declared the winner after garnering 123,821 votes against Prof Edward Oyugi’s 123,653.

The ruling becomes the latest in a  series of decisions that have been revoked by the Supreme Court in favour of the incumbent in recent times and will once again put focus on the integrity of judgements passed by Kenya's lower courts.

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