National Assembly election for Garissa Township was free and fair, Duale testifies


Garissa Township Member of parliament Aden Duale has defended his election in court saying that the election was free, fair and in accordance with the constitution.

While giving his testimony before Justice Hedwig Ong’udi , Duale who is also the Majority leader in National Assembly, refuted the allegations by the petitioner Farah Maalim that he bribed voters in that constituency.

Duale testified that he was re elected because of his good track record.

During cross examination Duale testified that the entire constituency is his stronghold and denied claims that he played a role in recruiting the deputy and returning officers in the area.

“I was not involved in the recruitment of the returning officers, that’s IEBC work,” testified Duale.

He also denied allegations that he employed his relatives including his brothers as agents during the elections.

“That’s hearsay provide evidence, I can account to all the activities of my brothers on that particular day,” Duale added.

The parties in the case have all closed their case and have been directed to file their final submissions and appear on 11 of January to highlight their submissions before court delivers its verdict.

In the case Farah Maalim is challenging the election of Aden Duale as the Garissa Township Mp saying that the elections in the are were not free and fair. Maalim wants the court to nullify Duale’s reelection and order a repeat.

He alleges that Duale was not validly elected since the election was marred by massive irregularities.

Maalim wants the court to order IEBC to avail all voting material including voter registers, counterfoils used for all polling stations, electronic devices and equipment used during the polls.

The petitioner claims that Duale’s supporters were allowed to vote more than twice and were not marked with indelible ink as they presented their identification thereby not being keyed into kits as having voted thus voted severally.