Court orders IEBC to recount votes in Nyamira election

Court orders IEBC to recount votes in Nyamira election

The High Court on Monday (December 4) ordered a scrutiny and recount of ballot papers in 90 polling stations in the petition challenging the re-election of Nyamira Governor John Nyagarama.

Presiding Judge James Makau said that he was satisfied with the evidence provided by the seven witnesses brought to court by the petitioner, Jubilee candidate Walter Nyambati.

Justice Makau further ruled out the application filed by the IEBC and Governor Nyagarama against the scrutiny and recount saying the respondents did not give sufficient reasons for the same.

He ordered that Nyamira OCS provide enough security during the exercise, adding that only interested parties would be allowed to witness the process.

“No supporters or party supporters or their sympathisers will be allowed during the scrutiny or recount of the votes,” he ruled.

In the exercise, 46 polling stations will undergo scrutiny, recount in happen in 28 polling stations and recount and scrutiny in 16 polling stations.

He ordered the report on the scrutiny and recount be delivered in court on December 13, 2017.

Mr. Nyambati, who claims the election was marred by illegalities and irregularities, came second in the election after garnering 58,936 votes against Nyagarama’s 63,949.