, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 – The Court of Appeal in Eldoret will on Wednesday deliver a verdict in the appeal filed by Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter challenging the nullification of his election victory.
The legislator filed the appeal after the High Court nullified his poll victory following a successful petition by Bernard Kibor who vied as an independent candidate.
The court will determine if Keter retains the seat or will face a by-election.
Keter’s lawyers, led by Otiende Amollo, had told the Appellate Court that the High Court erred in law by nullifying the election based on non-factual evidence.
The MP maintained that he did not engage in illegal campaigns and his victory should be validated by the Appellate Court.
However, through his lawyer Amos Magut, Kibor asked the judges to reject the appeal and uphold the High Court decision because witnesses had said Keter campaigned on the said day, which was out of the time stipulated by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
At the High Court, Kibor had accused the electoral body of colluding with Keter to rig him out.
Keter was declared the winner after garnering 28,923 votes against 13,872 garnered by Kibor.[cresta-social-share]