Starehe politician seeks scrutiny of ballot boxes, KIEMS kits

Written By: Ben Chumba


Politician Steve Mbogo now wants the High court to order for the scrutiny of ballot boxes and the Kenya Integrated Election Management System or KIEMS kits used by the electoral body IEBC in the 8th August Starehe parliamentary election.

Mbogo who came second in the Starehe parliamentary race is challenging the election of Starehe MP Charles Njagua accusing IEBC of failing to conduct the election in strict conformity with the law.

Mbogo who lost in the Starehe parliamentary election on an ODM ticket has made an application before the High Court, asking for scrutiny of ballot boxes and Kiems kit used in Starehe during August 8th general election.

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In the application he wants the court to grant orders for the scrutiny in 3 polling stations he claims were marred with massive irregularities. The application will be heard on the 12 of January 2018.

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He argues that during the Starehe parliamentary election, voting, counting, tallying, declaration and issuing of results was not done in strict conformity with the law.

Meanwhile, the petitioner challenging the election of Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi suffered yet another blow after the court declined to allow him to introduce a report on sealing of ballot boxes.

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Justice Mary Kasango dismissed his application and concurred with the governor who had argued that the petitioner had not informed the court on time, about his intentions to introduce the report.

Justice Kasango further ordered that the report on sealing of ballot boxes be expunged from the court records and be returned to the petitioner. The petitioner Sammy Ndung’u had applied to be allowed to present a report on his observations while putting additional seals on 531 ballot boxes.

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And the case filled by Nairobi lawyer Nelson Havi seeking to stop the Law Society of Kenya elections slated for February 2018 will now be heard on the 22 of January.

Justice John Mativo directed Havi to file and serve the suit papers to the respondents who include LSK and appear on 22 of January for inter-party hearing.

In the petition Havi argues that the decision by LSK to reject his nomination papers for failing to attain 15 years in practice is unlawful and is of no basis.



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