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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,27TH FEB 2018-Garissa Township MP Aden Duale is a happy man after the high court on Tuesday February 27 upheld his election victory in the August 8, 2017 election.Former deputy speaker of the national assembly Farah Maalim had challenged Duale’s election saying it was marred by bribery and malpractices.
However Justice Hedwig Ongundi in his ruling on the petition dismissed Maalim’s claims.
Judge Ong’udi said Mr Duale was validly elected and claims by Mr Maalim that some voters were denied a chance to cast their votes were not true.
He dismissed Mr Maalim’s claim that Mr Duale influenced the recruitment of presiding officers and other poll officials.
Garissa Township is the constituency in northern part of Kenya with the largest number of registered voters, at 54,000.
Mr Maalim challenged Mr Duale’s win, stating that there were massive irregularities in the outcome.
He has also claimed that voters were bribed although he could not state where it occurred and when.
“I didn’t see the bribery literary or anyone being bribed but I saw a crowd negotiating,” he had told the court during the hearing of the case.
The judge has ordered Maalim to bear the cost of the suit amounting to Ksh 6 million.