The Jubilee Party will have to go back to the drawing board after the Court of Appeal nullified the nomination of Faith Gitau as its candidate for the Nyandarua woman representative seat and ordered fresh nominations in two days.
The party has an option of nominating a candidate for the seat within the said period if it cannot hold fresh primaries.
The judgment was delivered by Court of Appeal judges Roselyn Nambuye, Daniel Musinga and Gatembu Kairu.
Incumbent Nyandarua Woman Representative Ms Wanjiku Muhia filed the appeal.
The Appellate judges overturned a judgment by the High Court, which had reinstated Ms Gitau’s nomination after the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal handed the party ticket to Ms Muhia.
In the Jubilee Party nomination held on April 26, Ms Gitau got 106,004 votes while Ms Muhia garnered 75,296 votes.
Mr Muhia rejected the results and lodged a complaint before the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal which nullified Ms Gitau’s win.
Ms Gitau to move to the High Court, which dismissed the tribunal’s findings.
Ms Muhia moved to the Court of Appeal to challenge the High Court ruling.
On Thursday, Ms Gitau said she is not worried by the Court of Appeal decision to nullify her certificate as she is confident of retaining the ticket.
Ms Muhia welcomed the ruling saying it is a big win for the people of Nyandarua County.
She blamed Jubilee officials, who conducted the nomination exercise in the county saying they were biased and should resign.
The Woman Rep said she is ready to face her opponent.
“I call upon Jubilee Party to conduct free, fair and transparent nominations so that the area residents can have a candidate of their choice,” Ms Muia said.
Additional reporting by Samwel Owino