UDA cancels Keter’s nomination ticket after opponent appeals » Capital News
NAIROBI, Kenya April 23 – The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party’s Election Dispute Resolution and Nominations Committee has overturned the results of Nandi Hills’ parliamentary nomination.
The Committee overturned the results after Bernard Kibor Kitur, who was a primary contender, challenged the result of the exercise which saw Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter declared the winner of Tuesday’s exercise.
In the results, Keter garnered 10,363 votes against his closest challenger Kitur who got 7,468 votes.
In his petition, Kitur raised a number of issues detailing how the nomination exercise was flawed.
“The application was marred by irregularities and illegalities which had a negative impact on the outcome of the entire application process; that there was widespread violence during appointments; that the whole appointment was a sham,” he said.
In their decision, Committee members Collins Kiprono, Mary Mungai and Adrian Kamotho Njenga accepted the petition noting that it was founded.
“We have considered the various submissions made by the parties and the evidence before us. We are confident beyond doubt that the allegations materially affected the results and called into question the integrity of the result,” they said.
Other candidates who entered the race include: Robert Chepkwony who got 2,539 votes, George Tarus got 425 votes, Abraham Limo 540 and Irine Chemutai 388.
The case was referred to the National Elections Council for further action.
The nominating exercise expired on Friday and it will be interesting to see what action the board takes following the cancellation.