Fri Jan 12 15:58:43 EAT 2018
The victory of Mohamed Abdi Mohamud as the Governor of Wajir county has been nullified. This, after the Election Court, through Justice Alfred Mabeya, declared Abdi's victory as null and void, ruling that the Jubilee governor was not legally cleared to vie for the Gubernatorial seat on August the 8th. The court also found that Mohamud did not have a valid undergraduate degree. The court also observed that there were irregularities with some of the ballot boxes from polling stations. Abdi becomes the first governor to lose his seat in an election petition. The petition was filed by his predecessor, Ahmed Abdullahi, who convinced the court that Abdi did not posses a genuine qualification to hold office. The high court has directed that a fresh election be held in Wajir county, in accordance with the electoral laws and the constitution. The Speaker of the County Assembly will take over for the next 60 days, before the election.