MP declared winner without by-election now loses seat

Mr John Oroo Oyioka with his supporters outside the Kisii High Court after the ruling of an election petition he had filed against Bonchari MP Zebedeo Opore on September 20,2013.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14 – The Court of Appeal has nullified the election of John Oyioka who was declared Member of Parliament for Bonchari by the High Court.

The court of Appeal sitting in Kisumu differed with the High Court which declared Oyioka MP without a by-election when he challenged the election of Zebedeo Opore.

Appellate judges David Musinga, Festus Azangalala and Sankale ole Kantai ruled that the High Court should have called for a by-election due to the glaring anomalies in the March 4, 2013 election.

Lady Justice Ruth Sitati had declared Oyioka the winner after a recount and scrutiny of votes showed he garnered 8,967 against Opore’s 8,963

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