Presiding officer charged with leaving un-manned ballot box at tallying center in Magarini.
An election official has been charged with leaving an unmanned ballot box at the tallying center during the repeat October 26 presidential election at Magarini of Kilifi County.
Nicholas Kibet Seurey, a presiding officer at Kwa Ndomo primary polling station denied the charge before Malindi Principal Magistrate Silvia Wewa,
The court heard that the accused, being a staff of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), he left a ballot box unattended at Mapimo polytechnic tallying center contrary to section of the Election Offences Act of 2016.
The accused is said to have left an unmanned ballot box at the tallying center before disappearing and switching off his phone prompting to police officers to launch a man hunt on the night of October 27.
The Prosecuting Counsel Alice Mathangani asked the court to deny the accused bail bearing in mind the nature of the offence that has attracted a lot of public interest.
“We pray that the court to only grant the accused bail when the case commences for hearing,” she said adding that “the accused has committed a serious offence under the Election Offences Act.”
But the accused through lawyer Omwancha Mukiri opposed the application saying he is a teacher at Majenjeni Secondary who needs to prepare himself to supervise Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE).
“The offence against the accused who is out on police bail of Sh50, 000 at Marereni Police station is bail able,” adding that “the prosecution has not demonstrated that the accused who has presented himself in court is a fight risk.”
The court ordered that he be released on bond of Sh200, 000 with surety of similar amount.
Hearing has been slated for 28 November, 2017.
By Simon Guruba