Governor Alfred Mutua was declared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as the winner of the Machakos governor election.
His win was challenged by Wavinya Ndeti in an election petition filed at the High Court in Machakos. The petition was dismissed by the High Court.
Wavinya then filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, which reversed the judgment of the High Court and declared that Governor Alfred Mutua had not been duly elected. Mutua then moved to the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment by the Court of Appeal and the reversal of his election win.
In the election, Mutua garnered 249,603 out of the 461,706 valid votes cast, while Wavinya managed 209,149. The difference between the two candidates was therefore well over 40,000 votes. Wavinya challenged Mutua’s election on a number of grounds.
One was IEBC’s use of county employees as election officer, Wavinya accused Mutua’s political party of using county officers as its agents. County officers are public officers and it is an election offence for a public officer to engage in the activities of any political party or candidate. It is also an election offence for a public officer to act as an agent of a political party.
As voters wait the ruling of the high court various have raised voices concerning their candidates.
My governor, hope they rule against him, I’m tired of the PR
— masese_ (@eddymasese) September 25, 2018
Alfred mutua aka Hussein machozi must go home. Governorship is not based on PR. Neither is it a cast in cobra squad. @Wavinya_Ndeti is the peoples choice. We are tired of this nyef nyef of mutua
— Bobi wine (@RogersKirochi) September 26, 2018
Dr. Alfred Mutua; in the event that his win is nullified; will drag the process till the Supreme Court.
— D I K E M B E (@Disembe) February 9, 2018