Anxiety in Kirinyaga as Mwea Returning officer fails to submit results

The Kirinyaga county gubernatorial, senatorial and Woman Rep results are yet to be announced after Mwea returning officer failed to submit the constituency’s results Thursday night.

As late as 3am, the returning officer’s whereabouts were unknown, with the County returning officer saying security officers were on high alert trying to trace him.

According to agents who were at the Mwea tallying center, the returning officer disappeared after supporters of one the gubernatorial candidate threatened to destroy ballot papers way after the election results at the constituency had been announced.

The same scenes were replicated at Kianyaga, the Gichugu tallying center after gubernatorial candidate Wangui Ngirici stormed the center with her supporters demanding a re-tally of votes.

According to the County returning officer Jane Gitonga Ndia constituency, Kirinyaga central and Gichugu have all submitted their final tally of the results but she couldn’t announce them since the Mwea results could not be accounted for.

Governor Ann Waiguru and her supporters were in a celebratory mood, throughout the night saying they had won the election after compiling the tallies in the four constituencies.

The Governor called for calm and urged the electoral commission to respect the will of the people even as her supporters demanded for the immediate release of the election results.

Calm has now been restored at the county tallying center after police officers engaged Ngirici supporters in running battles for the better part of the night.

Gitari Gachoki has already been declared Kirinyaga Central MP elect after garnering 34,074 votes while incumbent Wambugu Munene was second with 22,591.

In the Constituency Presidential tally, Deputy President William Ruto got 48,645 votes while Raila Odinga had 8,978 votes.


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