Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino could lose his seat if the High Court rules that he responded late to a petition challenging his win in the August 8th election.
Jubilee Party’s Francis Mureithi applied to have Babu’s victory annulled, saying that his late response to the petition could have meant that he was not challenging it.
Mureithi’s case was heard by the High Court on the 11th of October. He notified the IEBC, Babu Owino and the Embakasi East returning officer of the constituency through e newspaper notice dated September 11th.
The constituency could be in for a by-election if the High Court rules in favour of Mureithi saying that Babu Owino filed a response past the set deadline.
“All three respondents refused, neglected and failed to file their notices of response within the prescribed time. No explanation was given by Babu Owino to explain the delay. He is responsible for the delay. It is a case of negligence by the MP to allege he had not seen the advert in widely circulated newspapers,”
said Mureithi. The response to Mureithi’s petition was supposed to be filed within a period of 7 days, failure to do so resulting in a fresh election.