Former Former KTN investigative journalist Mohammed Ali has scored a major victory in his quest to become Nyali's next member of parliament.
Big win for Mohamed Ali after ODM’s new order
Were there truly free and fair elections in Nyali?
On Wednesday afternoon, the ODM's National Appeals Tribunal ruled that there were irregularities which mat have impacted on the results of the elections.
According to the final tally, Said Abdalla who is Joho's brother garnered 3671 votes against Ali’s 2987 votes.
Shortly after the announcement, Ali immediately disputed the results saying there was an elaborate plan executed by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s brother that eventually saw him “rigged out” of the party primaries.
Ali complained that the whole nomination exercise was massively flawed and skewed in favour of Abdalla.
Reconsider the whole process
The tribunal ruled that the party should now reconsider the process of selecting a party candidate for Nyali Constituency ODM parliamentary elections in a manner compatible with the party's constitution, nomination and election rules.
"The nomination exercise conducted in Nyali Constituency did not meet the threshold of free fair and credible elections as envisaged in the party constitution and rules," the statement from the tribunal said.
According to Ali, out of the 15 polling stations in Nyali, he commanded the most votes in ten of them which failed to open at the scheduled time with some opening as late as 3pm in the afternoon when most of the voters had already left.
Ali also revealed how no indelible ink was used to mark those who had already voted thereby giving a leeway for some of Abdalla’s voters to vote more than once in across polling stations.
The former journalist also revealed how over 3000 ballot papers which had been ticked Joho’s brother was intercepted by police during the voting day; a clear indication of a massive rigging plot by Abdalla.
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