Why Babu Owino is Calling for By-election in Embakasi East

  • Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino has called for a by-election in his constituency following an order by the High Court to have the August 8 votes recounted.

    According to the legislator, having a votes recount is a waste of time since he claims the Jubilee administration has "already messed up with the ballot boxes."

    Posting on his Facebook page, the lawmaker also stated that he is aware that it is in the interest of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to have him lose his seat and therefore a recount will only help achieve their plans.

    Lastly, the former Students Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU) chairman added that whether his constituency has a votes recount or a by-election, the ruling party has the 'judge in their pocket,' and will, therefore, not rule fairly in that case.

    [caption caption="File image of Babu Owino in court."][/caption]

    "...why don’t they order for a by-election because either way they have the judge in their pocket. I will still win with a bigger margin," asserted Babu.

    The High Court on Monday ordered for a recount and scrutiny of all votes cast in Embakasi East parliamentary race.

    Justice Francis Tuiyot delivered the ruling in a petition filed by Jubilee's Francis Mureithi challenging the election of Babu Owino.

    According to Mureithi, the forms were not legible, making it difficult to determine whether the results in Forms 35A corresponded with those in Form 35B.

    The court also heard that there were instances where votes were increased in favour of the defendant, and deflation of his client's votes.

    [caption caption="File image of President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and Babu Owino."][/caption]

    However, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission admitted that there were errors in a number of forms, but noted that the errors could not be the basis for scrutiny.

    The case has so far witnessed various twists and turns blamed on the NASA affiliated lawmaker.