The Star (Nairobi)

22 January 2013

Kenya: Wiper Top Brass to Decide Mwingi North Winners List

Wiper leaders have been left to decide who the winners of the nomination in different seats in Mwingi North constituency. "I did not have any results to announce to the people," said Kitui county national election board commissioner Richard Wabura.

"The returning officer came back without results and there was nothing I could do apart from leaving the party leaders to decide the winners. I have no any results."

The aspirants are Mutegi Njue, Joseph Mbalunga, Joseph Ngonde, Kambua Musee, Mueni Manunda, Kyambi Kavali, Musyimi Nzengu, Munuve Mati and John Makau.

He said the returning officer Jeremiah Mavuti did not have anything to show after the results were disputed. He said Mwingi North was the only constituency which did not post any results.

"The nomination had been cancelled on the first day of the primaries. On the the second day when the repeat nominations should have taken place, there was just confusion."

However many voters claimed that they could not vote late in the evening. Muinde Musonge said the process had to be repeated at night when everybody was asleep. He said the party owes the aspirants an explanation.

Musonge said many agents had resolved to fill the ballot papers themselves. He quoted Kamuwongo polling station where residents had refused to vote, only to be taken aback when they saw four buckets full of ballot papers come from Kamuwongo area.

"It is not a laughing matter. The ballot papers belonged to only two candidates and were being filled at a pub in Kamuwongo market," said Musonge. "A fight begun at Kyuso Youth Resort tallying centre and police officers had to intervene."

Musonge added that the chopper which took the ballot papers to them during the second day of repeating the exercise could have done so during the first day when they realized the materials were insufficient. He said everything was compromised to some candidate who did not qualify to win.

He said in Mivukoni location, a chief who is a cousin to one of the aspirant corrupted the voters for his favor. He said some agents went door to door waking the resident to fill several ballot papers. It was a mess and any interested person could vote as many times as possible.

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