Presiding officer charged with electoral malpractice

A Presiding Officer who was manning the recent presidential repeat elections at a Kandara polling station, Muranga County, was on Tuesday arraigned before a local court charged with wrong entry of votes.

John Kiguru Kamande who appeared before a Kandara court was charged that on October 26, being an IEBC presiding officer at Kiiru polling station in Ithuru ward, he wrongly entered 440 votes meant for Uhuru Kenyatta to Japheth Kaluyu Kavinga in Form 34A.

The electoral body through the Kandara Returning Officer, Martin Malonza accused the presiding officer of intentionally committing the electoral offence.

The Senior Resident Magistrate, Manuela Kinyanjui deferred the case to Murang’a law court saying Kandara court was not gazetted to handle election cases.

The prosecutor, Mutuma Mwereru, applied to have the accused held in custody until November 1, when he would be arraigned in a magistrate court in Murang’a to take a plea.

The case facing Kamande elicited turmoil at Ngararia tallying centre on October 28 after Kandara MP, Alice Wahome was blamed for assaulting the returning officer for the wrong entry of votes.

The office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution has since ordered immediate investigations into the incident and possible arrest of the MP.

However, some local leaders led by Murang’a Senator, Irungu Kang’ata have come out to support Wahome, saying she did not commit any offense.

Source: Kenya News Agency