Former Teso South Mp files petition on parliamentary election outcome

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Immediate former Teso South MP Mary Emaase addressing the press outside Busia Law Courts on Monday flanked by her lawyer Evans Ondieki (left)

By Godfrey Wamalwa

The immediate former Teso South Member of Parliament Mary Otucho Emaase formally filed a petition at the Busia High Court on Monday challenging the election of Geoffrey Omuse as the area MP-elect.
Emaase who was defending the seat on Jubilee ticket named the ODM MP-elect as first respondent and the Independent, Electoral and Boundary Commission as the second respondent.
Addressing the press after submitting her papers to the Deputy Registrar High Court Martha Nanzushi, Emaase said she disagrees with the outcome of the polls which declared her opponent the winner whereas it was the other way round.
” I have opted to move to court to seek justice which I believe I will get. The decision has affected the will of the people of Teso South. We believe the court will look at the facts of the case to prove our case and deliver a fair judgment,” she said.
Emaase’s lawyer Evans Ondieki said they have a strong case which should be dispensed by the end of December as stipulated by the law.
He claimed that there was fraudulent tabulations and tallying of figures particularly by the Returning Officer. “There are polling stations where the first respondent was added 100 votes and others where my client was denied more than 50 votes. My client won by more than 1000 votes and she was not declared the winner,” he said.
The petition by the MP makes it the first case to be filed in Busia Court since the announcement of winners for various seats in the August 8 elections.
The case brings to 26 election petitions filed in Kenyan courts to date. They include 22 for MCAs and one each for Presidential, Gubernatorial, Senatorial and Parliamentary.