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February 18, 2018

No bribes, poll was free and fair, says Duale

National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale, who is also Garrisa Town MP, and supporters at Milimani law courts yesterday
National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale, who is also Garrisa Town MP, and supporters at Milimani law courts yesterday

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has said that he was overwhelmingly elected as Garissa Township MP in the August 8 General Elections.

Duale was testifying in a case filed by former Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim challenging his win.

He told the court that elections took place smoothly and as per the law in all polling stations and he received reports from all his agents on the whole process.

“I was reelected because of my good track record and have served the people of Garissa Town for the past to 10 years,” Duale said.

He further said that the whole constituency is his stronghold with 95 percent of them believing in him, adding that even NASA supporters voted for him.

According to his analysis, the elections in his constituency were satisfactory and met the standard required by law.

In cross examination, Duale refuted claims that his brothers, sisters and other relatives were bribing and buying votes before and after the voting process.

He said that he can account for every activity of his brothers on elections day and said that his sisters could not have taken part in the process.

Dan Maanzo representing Maalim claimed that Duale had used his influence in government to change the returning officer, days to the elections.

In response, Duale denied the allegations saying that he did not play any role in recruitment of any elections official in Garissa town saying that it is the mandate of IEBC and not his.

He further claimed that the only time he met the returning officer was when he was presenting his nomination papers and on elections day at the tallying centre.

Duale also alleged that it was Maalim who had infact given IEBC a list of people who should have been employed by the commission to carry out the elections.

He also denied allegations by Maalim that there were deliberate delays in his stronghold so that he could deny supporters a right to vote.

Duale said that there was widespread delay and it not true that the delays were only in Maalim’s strongholds.

In the petition, Maalim wants the court to nullify the elections citing massive irregularities and illegalities.

Justice Hedwig Ong’udi directed the parties to file their written submission and appear in court on January 11 for oral submissions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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