Materials used in the race for Wa­jir top seat to be ex­am­ined

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY RICHARD MUNGUTI

A court has di­rected the scru­tiny of elec­toral materials used at 150 polling sta­tions in Wa­jir County to es­tab­lish the va­lid­ity of Gov­er­nor Mo­hamed Abdi Muhamud’s vic­tory.

Jus­tice Al­fred Mabeya al­lowed a re­quest by the pe­ti­tioner, Mr Ahmed Ab­dul­lahi, who is the for­mer gov­er­nor, to have all the materials used dur­ing the Au­gust 8 elec­tions for the county ex­am­ined.

“I hereby al­low the scru­tiny of all the bal­lot­ing materials used in the Wa­jir County gov­er­nor’s elec­tion,” Jus­tice Mabeya ruled.

He said lawyers Omwanza Om­bati and David Jesse for Mr Ab­dul­lahi had laid a firm ba­sis re­quir­ing the court to scru­ti­nise all the materials used dur­ing the poll.

Mr Om­bati said there was no vot­ing in most parts of the county.

“There was bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of elec­tion rules by In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion of­fi­cials con­duct­ing the poll in the north­ern fron­tier county,” Mr Om­bati told the judge.

The judge heard that a deputy re­turn­ing of­fi­cer from Wa­jir East con­stituency dis­ap­peared with three Kenya In­te­grated Elec­tion Man­age­ment Sys­tem kits that were used to post fake poll re­sults.

150 Num­ber of polling sta­tions whose materials will be ex­am­ined

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