Mayhem as aspirants reject results, bay for blood of IEBC officers

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Protests erupted in various parts of the country as dissatisfied aspirants disputed the results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials.

In Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Nairobi and Mandera counties, tallying was disrupted at various constituency tallying centres after some aspirants and their supporters protested against the slow pace of releasing results.

In Tharaka Nithi, supporters of some candidates clashed at Chuka Igambang’ombe constituency tallying centre at Chuka Boys’ High over alleged malpractices.

Police broke up physical fights between supporters of rival candidates after Returning Officer W. Wainaina read out results for Nthambo Primary School, which were different from the ones contained on the forms signed by party agents.

The officers threw the youth out of the tallying centre and shielded Ms Wainaina from the group, which was baying for her blood.

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Magumoni Ward aspirant James Mutembei of Jubilee Party accused the returning officer of conspiring with his opponent to deny him victory.

He claimed that Ms Wainaina had manipulated the results in favour of his main competitor, Mr Justin Kithinji, because they were friends.

“My agents have a list of all the votes I got in all polling stations and those of my competitor, and I cannot allow any changes,” said Mr Mutembei.

At Kangaru High School – the Manyatta constituency tallying centre – tension was high after a ballot box was found outside the hall with stuffed ballot papers.

The unmarked materials belonged to Kambo market polling centre in Mbeti North Ward. Manyatta Returning Officer Faith Mugo said investigations  had already been launched to ascertain the motive of leaving the materials unmanned.

She opened the box in the presence of various political party agents and candidates’ chief agents and Embu West DCIO George Etyang.

CAUSED UPROAR

“We are going to find out who was in charge of the materials. We didn’t give our papers to anybody. We want to know why the presiding officer did not return them,” she said. The box was taken to Embu police station.

The discovery of the materials caused an uproar inside the hall, paralysing the tallying exercise.

Ms Mugo ordered people who were not accredited by IEBC to vacate the compound. Only chief agents were allowed inside the hall.

The group engaged in shouting matches but police kept them at bay.

They demanded speedy tallying and announcement of results.

In Nairobi’s Embakasi East constituency main tallying centre, there was drama after the certificate for the MP- elect Babu Owino went missing.

Mr Owino’s angry supporters threatened to unleash chaos, alleging a plot to deny the ODM politician the certificate.

In Mandera, politicians allied to the Economic Freedom Party (EFP) rejected results from Mandera North constituency, terming them flawed.

Senator Billow Kerrow accused the IEBC of favouring the Jubilee Party.

Source: Daily Nation

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