Former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma has suffered a huge blow as his petition against Anyang’ Nyong’o’s election has been dismissed.
The High Court in Kisumu on Wednesday, January 3rd, dismissed the petition challenging Governor Anyang Nyong’o’s victory at the polls saying there was no sufficient evidence to demonstrate claims of ballot stuffing and use of booklets in the August 8, 2017, general election.
In the petition, Ranguma accused the IEBC of lack of impartiality, accountability, and transparency in managing the election as well as a flawed declaration on the part of the Returning officer.
Ranguma sought the court to overturn Nyong’o victory on grounds that the elections for Kisumu’s gubernatorial seat were not conducted within the confines of the Constitution as they were marred by massive malpractices and irregularities.
Justice David Majanja, however, ruled that Ranguma’s petition constituted of allegations which were “vague and embarrassing”.
He added that such vagueness cannot be cured by stating in the petition that the evidence is detailed in the supporting affidavits.
“The significant and substantial numbers of instances cited in the petition were not proved. I have already dealt with the issue of voting, counting, tallying, collation and transmission of the results elsewhere and I find and hold that the petitioner has not proved that the election results were interfered with or manipulated in the manner suggested by the petitioner or in a manner that would lead me to invalidate the elections, ” read the ruling in part.
Governor Jack Ranguma was further slapped with a KSh5 million payment as the cost of the petition.
The former governor has since expressed his dissatisfaction with the ruling, saying he is contemplating filing an appeal.
In the August 8 election, Nyong’o got 227,127 votes against Ranguma’s 156,963. Others in the race were Christine Atieno, Charles Owino and David Otieno Waiyera who got 2,383, 1,955 and 821 votes respectively.