Hitches mar vote tallying exercise

Electoral malpractices have been reported in some areas where vote tallying is ongoing.

In Luanda, Kimilili ward the presiding officer has been arrested for manipulating the Presidential election results.

The results that he sent to IEBC from the polling station are different from what he presented to the returning officer at St Luke’s tallying centre.

The returning officer George Omondi is helping police with investigations.

In Migori, the exercise was temporarily disrupted at Maranatha Hall, Suna West Constituency as unknown people hurled stones in the main hall.

Security officers manning the centre acted swiftly to contain the situation. In Kakamega, Lurambi, one of the candidate’s agents was arrested with extra marked ballot papers.

Elsewhere, vote tallying in Molo Sub-county was delayed for 30 minutes after one of the Presiding Officers mistakenly dropped the results forms in the ballot boxes.

According to the area Returning Officer, Vincent Kimelil, who confirmed the incident, the officer was in a hurry to drop the forms at the Sub-county Tallying  Center and in the process misplaced them.

In accordance with the law, the boxes were opened in the presence of members of the public,  the security team, observers and other election stakeholders. The results were retrieved and read before the boxes were sealed again.

Molo Sub-county has four wards, which include Molo,  Elburgon,  Turi and Marioshoni.


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