Supreme Court nullifies election of Nairobi MP

Final decision

Supreme Court of Kenya

The Supreme Court on Friday nullified the election of Embakasi South MP Julius Mawathe.

The court ruled that the results declared during the 2017 General Elections were not supported by any evidence.

Mawathe had moved to the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling made by the Court of Appeal in July this year.

The Court of Appeal nullified the MP’s win after a successful appeal by his rival Irshad Sumra of ODM.

Returning officer declares loser the winner

Mr. Sumra in his petition argued that the loser was declared the winner by the returning officer.

He further pointed out that irregularities and malpractices affected the results of the elections.

According to the returning officer during the contest for the Embakasi South seat, the Wiper party member was declared the winner after he got 33,880 against Surma’s 33,780 votes.

The court upheld Surma’s argument and ruled that there was a mix up during counting of votes at some tallying centres.

Mr Sumra had moved to the appeals court after the High Court upheld the election of Mawathe in March.

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