Mary Emaase files petition contesting parliamentary election outcome

Immediate former Teso South legislator Mary Emaase has formally filed a petition at Busia High Court challenging the election of Geoffrey Omuse as her successor.

Addressing the press outside the High Court on Monday after submitting her papers to the Deputy Registrar, Martha Nanzushi, Emaase said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) erred in declaring her opponent the winner yet she had beaten him by over 1000 votes.

I have opted to move to court to seek justice which I believe will be done. The decision has affected the will of the people of Teso South. We believe the court will look at the facts of the case to prove our case and deliver a fair judgment. Emaase who was defending her seat on a Jubilee party ticket said.

In the petition ODM MP-elect Geoffrey Omuse is the first respondent and the Independent, Electoral and Boundaries Commission the second respondent.

Her lawyer Evans Ondieki told the press they have a strong case which they hope will be dispensed by the end of December and justice delivered to her client as stipulated by the law.

He alleged there was fraudulent tabulation and tallying of figures by the Constituency Returning Officer from various polling stations.

He stated: There are polling stations where the first respondent was added 100 votes and others where my client was denied more than 50 votes. My client won by more than 1000 votes and she was not declared the winner.

The petition becomes the first to be filed in Busia High Court since the declaration of winners of various seats in the August 8 elections across Busia County.

Source: Kenya News Agency