The race to fill the Dabaso Ward seat is heating up after the Court of Appeal in Mombasa ruled that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) were wrong in the announcement of Mr. Emmanuel Changawa the winner during the 2017 general election. Judge Korir ruled that the election was married with irregularities and cited documented evidence which he said were then ignored by the lower court.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, has today said that the party is not in a position to continue with the campaign over the fears of COVID-19 virus and has urged the IEBC to suspend the elections. He has also stated that it is important for them as a political party to comply with the directives set by the ministry of health to the people to stay at home.
ODM has three candidates, including immediate former MCA Changawa, Dickson Karani who successfully challenged Changawa's win and Hamza Hussein who lost in 2017 after serving just one term. ODM will surely be successful in their attempt to make the electoral agency call off the By-election, this is because of the COVID-19 facts they have stated. They will surely be in a position to make better moves and prepare themselves better in the coming days.
It remains to be seen whether the IEBC will go ahead and call off the By-election or it will continue with its preparation. But there is a high chance of the By-election being called off as the fears of coronavirus continue to intensify around the country.
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