Breaking News:Cyprian Awiti Election Upheld

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Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti’s election has been
upheld by the Supreme Court.
“The appellate court decision is set aside in its eternity.
The election of Homa Bay county will stand as the valid
position as stated by the IEBC,” Judge Jackson Ojwang
said.
The apex court also ruled that the petitioner, former
Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga will bear costs for both
Awiti and himself.
Magwanga, an independent candidate was Awiti’s main
challenger in the 2017 election.
“The third and fourth respondents shall bear the
Appellate costs, Those of the High Court and Supreme
Court… the first and second respondents shall bear their
own costs,” he ruled.
Speaking after the judgement, Awiti’s lawyer James
Orengo thanked the court for the judgement.
“We appreciate the depth of Jurisprudence and scrutiny
given by the court. Thank you. We are grateful to the
Supreme Court,” he said.
There was jubilation after Judge Jackson Ojwang read
the verdict with whistles and praises heard outside the
court premises.
As they carried banners with Awiti’s pictures, his
supporters jumped and moved their behinds in
celebrations.
The governor had moved to the Supreme court after the
Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold the High court’s
ruling which nullified his win.
The High Court ruled that the IEBC did not conduct a
free and fair election in Homa Bay.
According to IEBC’s disputed results, Awiti got 210,173
votes while Magwanga came second with 189,060 votes.

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