Election losers file petition at High Court

A senatorial aspirant who lost in the just concluded general elections has filed a petition at the High Court on Monday challenging the validity of the final results tally.

Mohamed Adow Abikar who vied on a KANU ticket was set to challenge the victory of Abdullahi Ali of Jubilee party, arguing that the elections process was not free and fair.

The results declared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission show that I lost to Abdullahi Ibrahim of Jubilee party. Yet this was a sham election, said Abikar in a press statement released on Sunday.

He wants the court to undertake proper audit of form 34A which, he says, would bring out results as desired by voters in Wajir.

By the close of tally on Friday night August 11th, IEBC County Returning Officer, Patrick Gatimu announced Ibrahim Ali as the winner after garnering 35, 393 votes while Abikar came second with a total of 26, 769 votes.

Extra ballot papers were in circulation and the security of the kits was not watertight, reads part of the statement released by Abikar.

This gave my competitor ripe ground to doctor the results in his favour, adds the statement.

The outgoing Wajir governor, Ahmed Abdullahi (ODM) and his Party for Development and Reforms (PDR) counterpart, Ahmed Muhumed are also set to file separate petitions against Jubilee’s Mohamed Abdi.

The agents representing both leaders declined to sign the results at the Red Cross Hall county tallying centre when the results were announced.

They will be in for a surprise, Ahmed Abdullahi said at his residence a day after the release of the poll results.

This was not elections, but a looting spree that cannot go unchallenged, said PDR’s Muhumed.

The duo claimed to have credible evidence that should lead to the nullification of the gubernatorial results.

In Tarbaj constituency for instance, the number of voters who cast for the president and the governor exceeded the number of registered voters by 20%, they said.

In the results for the governor’s seat released by the IEBC returning officer, Jubilee’s Mohamed Abdi garnered 49, 029 votes to beat Abdullahi who got 35, 575 votes.

Source: Kenya News Agency