A voter has moved to the Eldoret High Court to challenge Alfred Keter’s re-election as MP in the August 8 election.
Robert Kibet Kemei, chairman of Citizen Voice and Action, filed the petition through his lawyer Joshua Kemboi.
Kemboi has accused Keter of voter bribery, treating and intimidating voters, and campaigning beyond schedule, including on August 6 to 8.
“He (Keter) also failed to honour his campaign schedule of meetings as stipulated by the IEBC,” Kemboi says..
He claims there was violence, intimidation of voters and agents during the campaigns and on the election day.
IEBC is the second respondent in the case filed on Wednesday. The commission has been accused of failing to conduct proper elections in Nandi Hills as stipulated in law.
Kemboi has also accused the commission of declaring wrong results in form 35 B in the final tally. He also alleges IEBC failed to enforce election rules as gazetted.
“There was bias and partisanship in the conduct of elections in Nandi Hills and IEBC condoned election offences carried out by Keter.”
The petitioner further says most of the incidents, including violence and illegal meetings, were reported to electoral agency officials and police.
“The transgressions tainted the election process in Nandi Hills to the extent that the true and accurate voice of the people was not expressed.”
Keter was declared the winner with 28,923 votes against Benard Kibor’s 13,872. Isaac Leting of ODM got 863 votes.
Kitur and Leting were in court and are supporting the petition.
Kemboi’s lawyers are now expected to serve Keter and the IEBC before a date for the hearing of the case is set.