By Dennis Wanyonyi
Mandera North Member of Parliament, Major (Rtd) Bashir Sheikh Abdullahi has today told an Election court that a scrutiny and recount of votes cast in the August 8 Election for the constituency would be a waste of time.
While testifying in an election petition in which his win is being challenged by Hussein Abshiro Herin and 22 voters, Bashir told Justice Hedwig Ong’undi that he won fairly and that the margin between him and his opponent was too wide to make any difference.
“I will object to the scrutiny because the voting patterns and results for the entire constituency show that I won.The petitioner got zero votes and asking for scrutiny would be a waste of the Court’s time”, he said.
On being asked whether IEBC Commissioner Professor Abdi Guliye is his cousin, Bashir denied saying that he was just a fellow clansman.
” Professor Guliye is not my cousin, he is just my fellow clansman, there is a huge difference between the two, we just come from the same Degodia Clan”, he stated.
The lawmaker is being represented by Lawyer Nelson Havi.
A Jubilee Party Agent Hussein Hassan who also testified told the Court that he was not behind a demonstration that was held in Herin’s home during the General election.
“I was not part and parcel of the people who were alleged to have staged a demonstration at the petitioner’s home. ”
According to the Herin, Bashir was declared the winner after gunning 24,999 against other contestants.
Hussein also dismissed allegations that Jubilee party and the incumbent bribed voters.
In the election petition, Herin, who vied on a PNU party ticket, and 22 voters are challenging the election of Bashir over election malpractices. He wants the Court to order for a fresh election.