Unhappy aspirants take battle to court

Mombasa county aspirant for governorship Mr Ali Hassan Joho addressing a rally at Tononoka ground in Mombasa where he launched his bid for the governor seat for Mombasa on January 27, 2013. A politician, Janet Mbete, has filed an application in the High Court challenging Mr. Joho's  and his running mate's, Ms Hazel Katana, candidature for Mombasa governorship questioning their academic qualifications. The case will be heard on January 30, 2013. FILE PHOTO/LABAN WALLOGA
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Posted  Tuesday, January 29  2013 at  17:18

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  • In the application filed in Nairobi, Ms Mbete asked the court to order the Kenya National Examinations Council to produce certified copies of Mr Joho and Ms Katana’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education result slips.
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Aspirants dissatisfied with nominations results and electoral commission verdicts on the disputes have taken the battle to the High Court.

On Wednesday the court is scheduled to hear an application challenging the candidature of Mr Ali Hassan Joho for Mombasa governor and his running mate, Ms Hazel Katana, after politician Janet Mbete challenged their academic qualifications.

Mr Joho was nominated by ODM and Ms Katana is his running mate.

In the application filed in Nairobi, Ms Mbete asked the court to order the Kenya National Examinations Council to produce certified copies of Mr Joho and Ms Katana’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education result slips.

She also wants the University of Nairobi to produce certified copies of transcripts for any courses that Mr Joho and Ms Katana may have enrolled for at the university and confirmation that they graduated there.

Ms Mbete says she has lodged an application with the IEBC seeking to bar the nomination of the two.

Also set for hearing is an application by former Law Society of Kenya chairman Okongo O’mogeni to block the nomination of Mr Abuya Abuya for the Nyamira senate seat.

Mr O’mogeni accuses the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of impartiality in the Nyamira senate nominations dispute.

“The IEBC committee was not independent and impartial as one of the members who presided over the proceedings, Ms Betty Nyabuto, is related to one Henry Onyancha Obwocha who is competing for the seat on a Ford People ticket,” he says in his application.

He claims Ms Nyabuto was removed as LSK chief executive when he was chairman and she blames him for that.

He wants the court to declare him the ODM candidate for the position and to bar the party or its candidate, Mr Abuya, from presenting nomination papers to the IEBC until his case is determined.

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