Homa Bay: Court nullifies election of 25-year-old West Kasipul MCA
Oyugis law court on Wednesday, February 1 nullified the election of West Kasipul Member of County Assembly (MCA) Vickins Bondo.
This is after his competitor, Peter Ongili, lodged a petition disputing his election in the August 9, 2022 general election.
According to Ongili, the elections were not held in a free and fair manner and the whole process lacked transparency.
Bondo, 25, who vied as an independent candidate, was declared the winner after garnering 4,041 votes against Ongili of ODM who got 3,890 votes.
Justice Benard Owansa, who presided over the case, directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct a fresh election as stipulated in the law.
Omwansa noted that there were 78 ballot papers which were not counted during the exercise despite being used.
Court upholds MCA's election
Meanwhile, Homa Bay Town West ward MCA Samwel Obusna got a sigh of releaf after Homa Bay High Court dismissed a petition challenging his election.
Former area MCA Isaac Ouso Nyandege who vied on ODM ticket and Solomon Ogolla alleged that Obusna's election was not held in a transparent way.
The petitioners requested for the recount of votes and scrutiny of Form 36As.
Obuana who vied as an independent candidate garnered 2369 against Nyandege who got 2249 of the total votes cast during the exercise.
The petitioners singled out Magare polling station where they alleged that numerous malpractices occurred.
Justice J.M Mwazia, who presided over the case, said there was no enough evidence which were presented before the court to allow for the nullification of the case.