More Kenya primary election chaos

Star (Kenya)

Apr. 25, 2017, 12:00 pm

Kirinyaga Governor Joseph Ndathi
Kirinyaga Governor Joseph Ndathi

Kirinyaga governor Joseph Ndathi has claimed that former devolution CS Anne Waiguru’s victory is a sham.

Waiguru is a heartbeat away from clinching the Jubilee party ticket as vote counting continues in Kirinyaga.

There are reports that by 10:20am, at least 173,014 votes from most of the polling stations, save for two, had been tallied.

Of these, Waiguru reportedly garnered 102,927 votes followed by Kirinyaga Central MP Joseph Gitari who had 44,745.

Results from two polling stations were yet to be counted by the time. Ndathi had got 19,078 from the votes cast in the Monday poll.

He did not cast his vote after angry youths burnt ballot materials at Rukenya polling centre where he is a registered voter.

More on this: Waiguru headed for major victory in Kirinyaga, incumbent distant third

The governor protested the results saying there was massive rigging, further citing shortage of ballot papers in select centres.

“Kirinyaga central had excess ballot papers while other places suffered shortages. Why was voting allowed to happen at night?”

He told journalists on Tuesday that people voted until midnight.

“There are people who voted more than 10 times. I have evidence. Those voters even confessed to me,” he said.

The incumbent said this was because the ballot papers had no serial numbers.

“Don’ t ask me if I will run as an independent. I will consult my supporters on what do next on Wednesday,” Ndathi said.

He said the county needs a new team to preside over the elections.

Read: Kirinyaga poll official grilled, Waiguru protests delay

On Friday, primaries in the county delayed significantly following a shortage of ballot papers and boxes.

Presiding officers said the party organised for transport too late and drivers were charging more than was allocated.

Jubilee’s county coordinator Martin Mwangi at that time cited “a few problems” in the polls that were later cancelled.

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