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Fate of ODM Governor hangs in balance after Today's court ruling

Victory at Stake

The High court has ordered the recount of votes in more than 400 polling center following the petition challenging his victory.

The petitioner Oyugi Magwanga and his running mate Joshua Orero challenged Awiti's win citing massive irregularities and results manipulation.

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According to Justice Karanja results from more polling centres, which included in Karachuonyo, Homa Bay Town, Suba South, Rangwe and Kasipul constituencies, will be re-looked into.

"The addition is in accordance with an earlier ruling that scrutiny would be done for votes cast at polling centers initially mentioned by the petitioner and any other centers which the court may feel necessary for the exercise," the judge said.

Magwanga filed an application in the court to seek recount and scrutiny of votes cast at the centers, saying they were the most affected by the electoral malpractices. The county's election was conducted in at least 1,062 polling centres.

The judge said the recount will be done for ten days from January 8, 2018.

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Some of the factors which will be considered first are the credibility of the ballot boxes and their seals.

"All security features of the ballot papers must be considered during the recount. We expect a report from the deputy registrar by January 24," the Judge directed.

After the August 8 general election, IEBC declared Awiti the winner with 210,173 votes against Magwanga who came second with 189,060 votes.

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