IEBC officials testify in Kisumu governor’s petition case
IEBC officials in Kisumu County Wednesday testified as principal witnesses in former Governor Jack Ranguma’s petition seeking to nullify Anyang’ Nyong’o win in the August 8 general elections.
Following Justice David Majanja’s directive last week that the petitioner must identify specific polling stations with discrepancies as opposed to the results at the constituency level, Ranguma’s counsel tabled evidence from varied polling stations with reference to Kisumu East and Nyakach constituencies.
In response to the petitioner’s lead counsel’s question on the five form 37A that were not accounted for in the form 37B,Kisumu East deputy Returning Officer, Maureen Otili said that she submitted all the 141 form 37A’s to the County Returning Officer (CRO).
John Lorionoku, Kisumu CRO, confirmed that he received all 141 form 37A’s but could not account for the five polling stations in question.
“Even with the inclusion of the five forms 37A, it would not have changed the overall outcome of the gubernatorial race,” he explained.
However, there was still the issue of total votes cast and valid votes. For example, Mamboleo Market polling station in Kisumu East constituency with total of 530 votes had 3 rejected votes, yet there were valid 530 votes recorded.
The rejected votes were not captured in the form 37B submitted to the CRO.
The petitioner’s claim was that the rejected votes which could not be accounted for could have been added in favour of the third respondent, Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang Nyong’o.
The petition which has been ongoing for the past month will be concluded this week and a verdict given.
By Monica Adhiambo and Davine Otieno