7 March 2013

Kenya: Shahbal and Najib Cry Foul Over Mombasa Results

More than 90 Mombasa aspirants for various seats who were by yesterday trailing in the tallying process accused the electoral body, IEBC, of being partisan.

The aspirants, drawn from at least seven political parties, accused the ODM candidates of colluding with the police and IEBC officials to rig the Mombasa county polls in favour of ODM.

They also claimed similar plots were also executed in Kwale and Kilifi counties. The Mombasa elections were full of irregularities, they claimed.

Wiper governor aspirant Suleiman Shahbal said the votes were deliberately stolen and accused one of the governor aspirants of being behind the scheme.

Saying they have concrete evidence of their claims, they were yesterday instructed lawyer Yusuf Abubakar to file the necessary papers to block the IEBC from announcing the results of the county in court.

"We are not going to accept that. Collectively, we are going to take legal action," said Shahbal. Senator aspirant Najib Balala there had been plans to rig the election at the Coast in favour of Cord.

"This is not a unity of losers. This is a unity of people in Mombasa who want justice," said Balala. IEBC South Coast co-ordinator Amina Soud yesterday told the aspirants to sue the IEBC if they have enough evidence of their claims. She said there are channels to be followed to seek redress. She criticised the aspirants for 'running to the media to abuse the IEBC'.

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