The Recount and scrutiny of votes in about 50 polling stations in Kitui County commenced yesterday (Wednesday) following a directive from the High court that the same process be conducted in line with a petition filed in the court challenging toe results.
The exercise took place at the National Cereals and Produce Board warehouse in Kitui Town under the supervision of Kitui High Court Registrar Ms Rose Ombata.
The partial recount and scrutiny order was given by Election Court Judge Pauline Nyamweya and was the only prayer granted in the petition by defeated governor Dr. Julius Malombe who was against the election of Governor Kaluki Ngilu’ on August 8, 2017.
When giving the order last week, Justice Nyamweya observed that other pleadings of voter bribery, violence, exclusion of wiper agents and inflation of figures among others, were not supported by evidence.
From the recount, it emerged that there were cases of Governor Ngilu’s votes being marked as rejected votes, when they were actually valid. Other votes belonging to her were heaped together and counted as former Senator David Musila’s.
Today, the officers representing the petitioner, Mrs Ngilu and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) finalized the scrutiny of SD Cards, used in KIEMS kits of the same election, and tally the votes in favour of each candidate in the polling stations.