Garissa Senator Mohamed Yusuf Haji has rufuted voter bribery allegations.
The Senator while being re-examined by his lawyer, said the petitioners were not Party nominated or Independed candidates.
He testified that none of the other six candidates who contested for the senatorial filed any petition.
The six had agents on the ground and can only be called to state who were candidates.
” They are ineligible to lodge the petition is bad in law as its only the candidates allowed by the Constitution lodge a claim over any irregularities of the election” he told the judge.
The Senator said that a person who is not candidate can not lodge a competent election petition to challenge the outcome of the election result.
He contended that the petition has drafted and presented is in clear contravention of the mandatory requirement of rule and procedure of the election Act.
The Senator denied IEBC officers prolonged time for voting in his stronghold, no evidence has been tendered to support their allegation.
” The petitioners have very casually assented allegations of instigation of violence and intimidation of voters no prove has been shown to this court” he said.
The court heard that there was no campaigning by his agents during the voting day, saying the law does not provide any display of pictures or placards when the election is taking place.
The Senator got 45,712 of the total votes caste and and his opponent 41.200 and the result was subsequently gazetted.
The Senator was testifying in the petition where three petitioners, Hussein Issa Abdi, Abdikadir Farah Mohamed and Mohamed Aden Abdi, challenged his victory alleging it was marred with irregularities and violence.