Makadara MP says vote tallies differed

Makadara MP Benson Mutura yesterday admitted to the High Court that his constituency had two different results during the March 4 General Elections.

Mutura who was testifying in a case challenging his election said a form issued to him by the returning officer showed that he garnered 37,967 votes against former Nairobi mayor George Aladwa’s 36,183 votes.

However, he said the IEBC form reflected different results. It showed that he got 37,644 and Aladwa got 36,079.

Mutura was being questioned by Aladwa’s lawyer Cecil Miller.

He said there were two diverse margins, 1,784 and 1,565, and because of the different vote tallies he beat Aladwa with the IEBC tally.

However, when it was time for IEBC to question Mutura on the two results and the different margins, the commission told the judge that they had no questions to ask.

Mutura said even though the provisional results and the verified results by the IEBC had a difference of 685 votes, Aladwa had no chance of winning the election.

Yesterday’s proceedings saw Aladwa close his case after calling 27 witnesses. He was to call 35 witnesses but eight withdrew from the case.

The new developments prompted Justice Richard Mwongo to remove the witnesses’ affidavits from the courts record. Last week, one of Aldawa’s witnesses was jailed for two years after admitting to the court that he voted twice.

Aladwa was the first witness to testify in the case.

In his petition, he named Mutura as the first respondent and Makadara returning officer Florence Kwamboka as the second respondent.

The suit also names the electoral commission as the third respondent. Aladwa says the election in Makadara was not carried out in accordance with the Election Act.

This article was published by THE STAR on June 12, 2013