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Duale testifies in his election petition filed by Maalim

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has said that he was overpoweringly chosen as Garissa Township MP in the August 8 General Elections.

Mr.  Duale testified during his election petition filed against him by former Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim challenging his win.

Mr Duale told the court that the August election was smooth and in accordance with the law in all the polling stations

“I was reelected because of my excellent track record and having served the people of Garissa Town for the past decade,” Duale said.

He went on to claim that the whole constituency was his stronghold, saying 95 percent of the Garissa residents believed in him.

According to his evaluation even Nasa followers voted for him and his election to the office and met the standard required by law.

The controversial politician denied claims that his brothers, sisters and other relatives were bribing and buying votes before and after the voting process.

He however said that he is not able to account for his brothers’ activity elections day and said that his sisters could not have taken part in the process.

Dan Maanzo representing Maalim argued that Duale had used his weight in government to change the returning officer, days to the elections.

Mr Duale aggressively denied allegations that he played any role in recruiting any election official in Garissa town saying that it was the responsibility of IEBC.

He clarified that he only met the returning officer once when he presented his nomination papers and on elections day at the tallying centre.

Duale turned the allegations to Maalim who he claims gave IEBC a list of people who should have been hired by the commission to conduct the elections.

He also refuted claims by Maalim that there were

He also denied allegations by Maalim that there were premeditated holdups in his stronghold so that he could deny followers a right to vote.

Duale said that there was prevalent holdups and it not factual that the delays were only in Maalim’s strongholds.

Justice Hedwig Ong’udi ordered the parties to file their written submission and present themselves  in court on January 11 for oral submissions.

 

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