Othaya vote tallying full of anomalies, claims King’ara

The Nyeri High court yesterday heard that there were disparities and anomalies in the filling of form 35 and 36 in the Othaya parliamentary election.

During the hearing of a petition filed against MP Mary Wambui by her political rival Peter King’ara, the court heard that there were several anomalies and alterations while the forms were being filled.

King’ara was being cross examined by Mary Wambui’s lawyer Cecil Miller.

He told the court that there was no way they could determine who won in the elections because the numbers entered in the form 35 differed with those entered on form 36 adding that the only way to verify this was if a recount was done.

However, Judge Jairus Ngaah said for a recount to be done, he had to make another application as the first one had been denied by the court where the judge ruled that scrutiny could not be conducted at the pretrial stage of the petition.

King’ara said there were ghost voters in some polling stations as the number of the voters who cast their ballot exceeded the number of the registered voters.

“At Gitugi Primary School the number of those who voted was 490 exceeding the 446 registered voters,” he said.

This article was published by The People on June 6, 2013