Hearing of the Wajir gubernatorial election petition continues

Wajir governor Ahmed Abdullahi

The hearing of the Wajir gubernatorial election petition will continue today at the Milimani law courts in Nairobi.

Hassan Mohammed is challenging Governor Ahmed Abdullahi’s victory during the 9th of August General Election, claiming the election was not free and fair.

Governor Abdullahi however says the elections were free and fair and that the delays in Eldas were occasioned by insecurity challenges met by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

The hearing started with a witness Ibrahim Mohamud Sheikh, narrating how there were widespread electoral malpractices that compromised the integrity of the governor election.

“Voting in Wajir County started well in the morning until in the afternoon when everything went wrong. The electronic voting materials failed while in some centres people were allowed to vote more than once,” he said.

As a result of the discrepancies, Mohamud who also contested but lost the Wajir senatorial seat said the elections were not free and fair and that Abdullahi was not validly elected as governor.

He told Justice George Dulu that election in all the elective seats in Wajir were marred by irregularities including the senatorial seat but decided not to file a petition to challenge the outcome because he did not have the resources.

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