ODM recalls nomination results after incumbent governor lost to MP

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– ODM’s elections board has recalled gubernatorial results where a governor was defeated by an MP

– The board says voting did not take place in five polling stations in the governor’s stronghold

– The governor had called for the results to be nullified

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party’s National Election Board (NEB) has courted controversy by recalling nomination results where an incumbent governor lost.

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NEB has recalled results for Taita Taveta gubernatorial seat after Governor John Mruttu was defeated by Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu on Tuesday, April 18.

In a statement released late Wednesday, April 19, NEB Chairperson Judith Pareno said the returning officer in the nominations had made the request following heavy rains that rendered a number of polling stations in Taveta constituency inaccessible.

Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu

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Mruttu hails from Taveta.

The exercise will be done in five polling stations in the constituency. The five are Jipe Primary School, Chala Primary School, Mahandakini Primary School, St. Joseph Kivukoni Primary School and Chala-Njukini Primary School.

ODM recalls nomination results after incumbent governor lost to MP

Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu

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“In order to allow party members registered in the five polling stations to exercise their democratic right, the board has ordered the exercise be done on Saturday, April 22, 2017,” Pareno said.

As reported by TUKO.co.ke, Mwadeghu garnered 18,421 votes against Mruttu’s 15,911 in results released on Wednesday, April 19.

Mwadeghu had early on celebrated the win as Mruttu called for the results to be nullified as his supporters did not manage to vote.

ODM recalls nomination results after incumbent governor lost to MP

Mruttu (left), Mwadeghu (centre) and Raila in a past meeting

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Should the exercise be repeated as called by NEB, Mruttu could overpower Mwadeghu who leads him with slightly over 2000 votes.

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