Ann Waiguru’s gubernatorial win challenged,As Karua files case in court

Ann Waiguru’s gubernatorial win challenged,As Karua files case in court

BY JOHN WERU/CORRESPONDENT,KERUGOYA,5TH SEPT 2017-Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua on Tuesday  filed a petition at the Kerugoya High Court challenging Anne Waiguru’s election as Kirinyaga Governor.

Karua through lawyer Gitobu Imanyara,  says  the August 8 election was not free and fair.

She cited the Supreme Court ruling that nullified the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta for a second term.

The former Gichugu MP said the verdict delivered by Chief Justice David Maraga in support of three other Supreme Court judges set precedent.

She said the ruling affects the governor, senator and MP elections.

“This election was held on the same day the IEBC conducted polls in the country,” Imanyara told journalists after they filed the petition.

On Friday, Karua will seek the dismissal of Waiguru’s win on a preliminary point based on the findings of the Supreme Court.

 The former justice and constitutional affairs said if the court fails to nullify the election on the preliminary basis, she will be ready for the full hearing of her petition.

She said there is evidence of massive voter bribery at polling stations and added her agents were barred from polling stations.

In her petition, Karua alleges the forgery of the form 37A used to transmit results from polling centers to the county tallying centre.

She further claims unauthorised persons manned voting centres.

Karua said evidence in her possession shows a count of 58,000 votes was illegally entered into IEBC’s KIEMS to aid Waiguru’s win.

IEBC, the county returning officer, Waiguru and Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri are respectively listed as respondents in the case.

Waiguru  garnered 159,606 votes against  Martha Karua who managed  120,341 votes.

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