Mwakwere rejects preliminary results citing rigging
Kwale county NASA gubernatorial candidate Mr. Chirau Ali Mwakwere has objected to provisional results of yesterday’s general elections alleging rigging in favour of his opponent, governor Salim Mvurya.
By this morning the incumbent Mr. Mvurya of Jubilee Party was leading in the race having provisionally garnered 89,087 votes against 24,199 for Mr. Mwakwere of the Wiper Democratic Party.
There was however a brief tense moment outside the County Tallying Centre after the two rival politicians confronted each other over the rigging allegations.
“Who has stolen your votes,” Mr. Mvurya asked Mr. Mwakwere who retorted: “It’s the IEBC”.
Mr. Mwakwere accused two IEBC officials of altering his results in favour of Mr. Mvurya in his stronghold at Baraza Park polling centre in Matuga at 4am.
He also made similar claims in regard to Munje polling centre in Msambweni Constituency.
“I will not accept the results since they are grossly falsified,” he said.
He said the irregularities at the two centres were enough reason to make him believe the fraudulence was widespread.
Mr. Mwakwere claimed to have caught the officials red handed tampering with his results and wondered why the two had remained behind at the polling centre after the vote tallying was over.
He said he had already contacted his lawyer with a view to seeking legal redress.
County Returning Officer Ms. Amina Soud however dismissed the rigging claims saying investigations by the IEBC had found nothing implicating the officials in any wrongdoing.
“There are no results that were amended as alleged and agents from other political parties confirmed this,” Ms. Soud said.
By James Muchai