Kivuti lays ground for his election petition

Former Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti was taken to task by an elections court in Embu to explain why the court should allow for a scrutiny, recount, and a re-tally of the Embu Gubernatorial votes.

Kivuti who is challenging the re-election of Governor Martin Wambora took the court through various polling stations where Wambora’s votes had been inflated and his reduced.

He claimed in the 182 polling centres which he has form 37As, most of them do not tally with form 37Bs and if a recount is allowed, it could reduce the gap between him and Wambora from 985 to about 150 votes.

If Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had given me all the form 37As and 37Bs, the discrepancy could have been big and that is why I’m seeking for a recount, he told the court during the hearing of his election petition that commenced yesterday.

He added that the total votes for governor exceeded that of woman representative by10, 036 votes, likelihood that there was manipulation of the results.

He also claimed that there were some alterations on some form 37A’s, B’s and C’s with others being overwritten, a clear indication that figures were cooked in the tallying exercise.

Kivuti said some forms 37As had not been signed nor stamped adding that some had only been signed by Jubilee party agents.

He claimed most of his agents were kicked out during the tallying exercise and were not allowed to participate in signing of the forms.

There were serious malpractices in the tallying and when I raised the issue with the Presiding officer, he turned me off and told me to seek redress in court. I want to know the number of votes that I got because from the returns of my agents, I had won with over 500 votes, he said.

However, IEBC through lawyer Mwangi Kibicho said discrepancies were minimal and affected all the six gubernatorial candidates.

He showed that in fact Kivuti had his votes increased in some polling stations and that such incidences could have arose due to fatigue given that the gubernatorial votes were the last to be counted.

Wambora won with 97,770 votes against Kivuti’s 96,695 votes.

Hearing continued on Friday where Kivuti was cross-examined by Wambora’s lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi and Jane Rugaita representing Deputy Governor David Kariuki.

Source: Kenya News Agency