Mon Aug 05 23:30:00 EAT 2013
Judge orders scrutiny of votes
A scrutiny of votes, including a recount for six polling stations in the petition challenging the election of Mandera North MP Adan Mohammed Nooru, has been ordered
A scrutiny of votes, including a recount for six polling stations in the petition challenging the election of Mandera North MP Adan Mohammed Nooru, has been ordered.
High Court judge David Onyancha said there were strong allegations that some polling stations were marred with “serious irregularities” in the way the March 4 elections were conducted.
Polling stations to be scrutinised include Wargadud Dam, Quramathow, Sukela Tifna Primary School, Arda Agarsu Centre, Shantoley Primary School and Kubi Hills.
A request for the recount was made on behalf of petitioner Bashir Haji Abdullahi, who lost the election by about 4,900 votes to Mr Nooru.
Mr Abdullahi is challenging the results and wants the court to invalidate the election.
He alleges that the election was won through collusion and use of force by his opponent and the electoral commission. However, Mr Nooru and the IEBC have denied manipulation of the election.
Mr Abdullahi had asked the court for the scrutiny of votes for all the 55 polling stations in Mandera North constituency but the judge ordered a recount for only six where the irregularities might have occurred.
The petitioner further alleged that his party agents were evicted from polling stations and that there were cases of impersonation and double voting.
The full scrutiny ordered by Justice Onyancha will compare the ballots cast against the official register to clear any issues. “This will assist the court in investigating any irregularities,” the judge ruled.
The recount will be conducted as quickly as possible under the supervision of the court, the official registrar and agents from both parties.
The hearing of the petition will continue as the recount is conducted.
All election petitions from Garissa County were moved to Nairobi on April 26 due to space constraints in the Garissa Law Courts.