Garissa Township ballot materials secured

The election materials for Garissa Township parliamentary seat used in the August 8 poll were on Friday secured at the IEBC’s warehouse in Garissa town.

Lawyers representing Wiper Party candidate Farah Maalim who is challenging the re-election of Garissa Township constituency MP Aden Duale witnessed the exercise that was supervised by Garissa senior deputy registrar James Masiga and Garissa office IEBC officials.

The exercise which was supposed to have been held Thursday was postponed to Friday because the Garissa IEBC officials had allegedly not been notified by the head office in Nairobi on time.

Addressing the press Alexander Muchemi of the James Orengo advocate firm representing Maalim said lawyers representing Duale chose to abscond.

He said the court allowed him to attend and participate as well.

He (Duale’s lawyer) cannot come and secure the ballots because he is time barred. He cannot come and put his seals since the ballots materials are locked in a separate room under lock and key, Muchemi.

On KIEMS kits, Muchemi said they did not manage to scrutinize them and will be going back to the courts to seek fresh orders.

Hopefully we shall be able to scrutinize the SD cards by next week, he added.

The lawyer however said they were comfortable with security features of the ballot materials and will be airing them in court.

Duale successfully defended his seat on a Jubilee ticket for the third time in a row by garnering 22,587 against Farah’s 14,897 votes.

The petition is before Milimani high court and is being heard by lady justice Hedwig Ong’undi.

Source: Kenya News Agency