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Breaking: Appeal court throws out petition against Nyong'o

Omondi Otieno
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Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o, his deputy Dr Mathew Owili and ex-county boss Jack Ranguma at a past court session. [Photo/twitter.com/Achola Simon]

The Court of Appeal in Kisumu has dismissed ex-governor Jack Ranguma's petition challenging the election of Governor Anyang Nyong'o.

The court ruled that the appeal had no merit and that the judgment delivered by the High Court was right.

In the ruling read by Justice Philip Waki, the appellate court noted that Nyong'o's election was conducted in accordance to the law.

Regarding the discrepancies that arose in various poling stations, the court ruled that the errors discovered in tallying of the polls could not alter the final results.

"It is not in dispute that the third respondent (Nyong'o) was declared winner before all the results were counted and collated but even assuming Ranguma was awarded all the 3,500 votes from the five polling stations, this would not alter the majority will of the Kisumu people which was 115, 164 votes garnered by Prof Nyong'o," said Justice Phillip Waki as quoted by Nation.

The ruling means that Nyong’o was duly elected and will now serve for a full term.

Ranguma filed the petition in January after the High Court dismissed his initial case.

Through his lawyer Richard Onsongo, the ex-governor cited his dissatisfaction with the judgment delivered by Justice David Majanja of the Kisumu High Court.

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