Nandi hills Member of Parliament Alfred Keter’s poll petition appeal case is expected to be mentioned today at the high court in Eldoret. His election as Nandi hills MP was nullified after a judge found that there was sufficient evidence to prove that there were irregularities during last year’s poll.
The fate of Nandi hills Member of Parliament Alfred Keter and his Marakwet East MP Kangogo Bowen hangs in balance following their election nullification. Keter is expected to know his fate this morning when the Eldoret high court will be delivering the grand ruling.
Jubilee rebel MPs Alfred Keter and Bowen Kangogo had filed appeals challenging high court’s decision to nullify their election. Keter from Nandi hills and Kangogo from Marakwet east had earlier indicated they might not appeal, but their lawyers advised otherwise.
Their elections were nullified by Justice Kanyi Kimondo Kangogo’s on February and March. Kangogo lost an election petition filed by voter Sammy Kemboi. Kimondo said his election was marred by irregularities that affected the final tally.
Kangogo appeared to have defeated former MP Linah Kilimo with a margin of less than 1,000 votes. The judge found that results of two ungazzetted polling stations – Embukala and Ketmekin – were included in the final tally, while those of two gazetted stations – tot and maroon dispensary – were not.
Kimondo also questioned several sets of final results given by the returning officer. In a video clip played in court, the returning officer announced the final tally of 29,573, but in court he said the final tally was 30,020.
Keter’s lawyers Kimutai Bosek, Otiende Amollo and Mutula Kilonzo jnr moved to the court of appeal in Kisumu on Thursday last week. Rival candidate Bernard Kitur filed the petition. Keter defied Jubilee party orders to step down as elected chairman of parliament’s Labour and social affairs committee. Kangogo was ordered to quit as elected vice chairman of the environment committee. Jubilee wanted to appoint politicians from different parties.