The election of Embu County Governor Martin Wambora has been nullified by the High Court after finding out that massive irregularities undermined the whole electoral process. The governor lost his seat after the after the high court declared that he was not validly elected.The petition had been filed by his rival, Lenny Kivuti.
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Wambora announced that he would appeal the decision of the high court as he believes he won in a free and fair manner.Wambora’s election was contested by his rival Lenny Kivuti who had cited numerous electoral irregularities which he believed denied him of victory. In the results, Wambora had beat Kivuti by 985 votes.
In a ruling delivered on Thursday, 22 February, the electrol process had massive irregularities that undermined the whole process and fresh elections have to be held. The IEBC , however, said that it is ready to hold By-elections in areas where seats have been declared vacant.
Wambora becomes the third governor to lose his seat after the election of his Wajir counterpart Mohamed Mahamud was invalidated on Friday, January 12 following a successful petition filed by former county boss.Homa Bay governor Cyprian Awiti was the second county boss to be kicked out after his election was on Tuesday, February 20, nullified by the High Court.
The August 8 elections seem to have been filled with irregularities.