The Mombasa High Court has dismissed petition challenging the re-election of Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya.
Justice Mugure Thande said the sole reason for dismissal was that it did not meet the petition rules whilst failure of involving the deputy governor, Fatuma Achani.
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The petition was filed by Mwamlole Tchappu Mbwana, who had been decrying lack of a free and fair election held on the 8th August and ordering fresh polls to be held.
The petitioner’s lawyers, Senior counsel Tom Ambwere had earlier told the court that the first respondent who was IEBC and the second respondents, the Kwale county elections manager and county returning officer Amina Hussein Soud, were only trying to delay the petition which had already attracted public interest by raising unnecessary issues.
IEBC’S lawyers led by William Mogaka and Peter Wanyama asked the court to throw out the petition in its maiden stages as it lacked merit.
The ruling made today sought to establish whether the petition was registered at the High Court within 28 days after the declaration of results as required by law or whether Kwale deputy governor Fatuma Achani was to be enjoined in the case.
The judge also ordered Former Kwale gubernatorial aspirant Chirau Ali Mwakwere to cater for the cost of the petition amounting to Ksh 2.4 million.
Salim Mvurya was re-elected for a second term in office on a Jubilee party ticket after garnering 119,680 votes beating his closest rival Chirau Ali Makwere who garnered 29,741 votes.?