Court summons IEBC officials in poll petition

Police have been directed to summon 13 Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials and take statements from them after a voter admitted in court that he voted twice in the Makadara parliamentary election.

The 13 could find themselves in hot soup should the investigations implicate them in the electoral malpractice during the March 4 election.

Justice Richard Mwongo ordered police to do so with a view of commencing investigations and prosecuting them together with Daniel Nyakundi who has since been jailed for two years for committing the offense.

Those targeted by the court order are two presiding officers and four deputy presiding officers , 13 polling clerks, 12 party agents and four security officers who were stationed at Kaloleni Primary School on the election day.

Police are also expected to question Julius Maina, an observer that represented Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) and Tekla Mutindi Mutisya, from women situation room organisation.

The law enforcers were further asked to identify the IEBC officials who gave the witness two ballot papers.

Last week, Nyakundi, while testifying during the hearing of an election petition lodged by former Nairobi mayor George Aladwa against Benson Kangara, told the court that the Makadara parliamentary election was not credible because he cast his vote twice.

According to Nyakundi, IEBC officials at Kaloleni polling centre paid him Sh200 and asked him to fill two ballot papers for the position of Member of Parliament. "I was given two papers by IEBC officials who told me to fill them despite resisting to do so, but they insisted. I voted twice and, therefore, committed an electoral offence, '' he said.

The ODM poll loser is challenging the outcome of Makadara parliamentary election claiming that they were not carried out in accordance with Election Act. Aladwa alleges tallying and counting of votes cast was marred with massive irregularities and was inaccurate.

He says total votes garnered by the eight candidates was not conclusively ascertained.

This article was published by THE PEOPLE on June 13, 2013