Wajir Gubernatorial loser in court seeking nullification of election of the incumbent Mohamed Mahamud

Wajir former governor Ahmed Abdullahi Mohamad (right) and former senatorial aspirant Mohamed Abdi Mohamud (left) addressing journalists outside Milimani Law courts. Photo by Susan Kamau

Former Wajir County Governor Ahmed Abdullahi Mohamad and Wajir senatorial aspirant Ahmed Muhumed Abdi have moved to court seeking to challenge the election of governor elect Mohamed Abdi Mohamud.

In a petition filed at the Milimani High Court, the former governor is seeking a declaration that the governor elect was not validly elected to the position and that the declaration of the results is invalid, null and void.

He is seeking a declaration that Mohamud was not validly cleared as a candidate for the Wajir Gubernatorial position for he did not satisfy the required education requirements.

The former governor argues that the incumbent’s clearance to be a candidate for the position of Governor Wajir County in the concluded elections was obtained fraudulently on the basis of a forged degree certificate allegedly from Kampala Uganda.

The former governor is seeking to be enabled to audit the system of the Kenya Integrated Elections management system (KIEMS) and their servers that were relied upon by IEBC in the registration and identification of voters and the transmission of the results in Wajir county gubernatorial elections.

He further seeks an order directing the IEBC to organize and conduct a fresh election in strict conformity with the constitution and elections Act 2011.

He adds that the respondent while filing the self-declaration form concealed, altered and falsified information on his education background.

The petitioner avers that the returning officer relied on invalid and unauthenticated results from various polling stations to declare the incumbent as the winner of the ‘impugned election’.

He further pleads that reports from many ODM agents as well as Party for Democracy and Reforms observed a uniform tendency of presiding officers inquiring loudly from the voters as to who they wanted to cast their votes while crowds of people hung around polling stations which is a contravention of section seven of the Election Offences Act.