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Residents of Lamu West protest poll nullification

Supporters of Lamu West MP Stanley Muthama have protested his election victory nullification. 

Waving twigs and placards, they condemned the ruling by the Malinci High Court saying the constituency overwhelmingly voted for Muthama in the August 8, 2017 election because of his outstanding leadership skills.

Speaking to journalists, the demonstrators said they were not satisfied with Justice Weldon Korir’s ruling on February 21, adding that when elections are called, they will re-elect Muthama.

Justice Korir said the election was not conducted in accordance to the law.

“Declaration is granted that Stanley Muthama was not validly elected as the Lamu West MP and I declare Lamu West Constituency election on August 8 as null and void,” he said.

Justice Korir said the petitioner, Rishad Ahmed Amana, submitted that there were discrepancies in the results in Form 35A emanating from the polling stations and Form 35B generated by the IEBC returning officer for Lamu West constituency at the tallying centre.

At the same time, Justice Korir referred the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to investigate Lamu West Returning Officer Abdalla Mwarua and his deputy, who are accused of committing illegalities.

Muthama had garnered 11,090 votes against Amana’s 10,950.

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