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April 25, 2018

Court to decide Roba's petition on February 28 as hearing ends

Mandera County Governor Ali Roba and his wife Hodhan Ibrahim during a meeting for all sub-tribes of the county supporting Jubilee Party at Nyayo Stadium on July 2, 2017.  Photo/Jack Owuor
Mandera County Governor Ali Roba and his wife Hodhan Ibrahim during a meeting for all sub-tribes of the county supporting Jubilee Party at Nyayo Stadium on July 2, 2017. Photo/Jack Owuor
Mandera Governor Ali  Roba will know his fate on February 28 when the court will give judgement on a petition challenging his August 8 victory.
Justice Fred Ochieng who is handling the case set the date after all parties made final submissions.
Roba's election is being challenged by his rival  Hassan Noor Hassan who says that the elections were marred by massive irregularities.
On December 18  last year, the court ordered a scrutiny of forms 37A.
Also scrutinized were SD cards used at three polling stations namely Al-Hidaya, Olla Primary school, and Sukela Tinfa.
In the petition filed against the IEBC, county returning officer David Maro and Roba, Noor says the electoral process was marred with grave irregularities that substantially affected the outcome of the governor’s race.
Noor claims the IEBC abdicated its duty of conducting a fair election and manipulated the process in favour of Roba who vied on a Jubilee ticket. 
His claim is that the electronic voting system was tampered with to give his rival undeserved victory.
He also cites differences between the declared results and those captured in forms 37A.
Further, he says some forms were not procedurally signed.
But Roba says the claims of Irregularities has not been proved and the petition should be dismissed with cost.

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