Busia Gubernatorial Election petition starts with pre-trial conference

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The petitioner Lawyer David Ochieng (left) shares a word with Governor Sospeter Ojaamong's lawyer Stephen Likunya during the pre-trial conference outside Busia Law Courts on Thursday.. Busia Governor's legal advisor Justice Emeritus Alex Etyang looks on.

BY CG REPORTER

Busia Gubernatorial election petition challenging the re-election of Sospeter Ojaamong started on Thursday at the Busia Law Courts with a pre-trial conference before Judge Waweru Kiarie.
The petition whose hearing date has been fixed for November 20-29 was filed by Peter Odima who was the chief campaigner for Ojaamong’s closest challenger at the August 8 polls, Paul Otuoma.
The Governor’s lawyer Stephen Likunya said the parties agreed that applications for further affidavit and scrutiny of election materials will be heard on November 3.
The petitioner had wanted the court to grant orders for preservation of the kit. The lawyer to the IEBC said the kits had been formatted to pave way for the Presidential elections scheduled for next Thursday.
However, the lawyers for the petitioner and third respondent argued that the law requires the preservation of election material for three years.
The petitioner wants the court to grant orders for recount of ballot boxes for Teso North, Teso South and Butula constituencies.
The parties also agreed that election materials at Matayos be secured by having both parties agreed to put extra seals on the ballot boxes for constituencies they want the court to order for a recount.
Odima’s lawyer David Ochieng said the court has accepted their orders for preservation of content and information on the Kenya Integrated Management System (KIEMS), Voter Identification Equipment and Biometric Voter Registration Equipment.
The petitioner will line up 50 witnesses for three days, the IEBC will have 10 witnesses to take two days while the Governor will line up 21 witnesses during the 10-day hearing.