5 contestants for the Kitui South MP seat have denied the results announced by Returning Officer of Kitui South that their opponent Rachel Kaki won the seat.
Daniel Ndambuki Mutua of the Wiper Party, Onesmus Mumo King of ODM, Daniel Kilonzi Muthami of Mabadiliko Party, Denus Mwangangi of UDA Party, and Samuel Kalii of UDP Party lamented that there were electoral malpractices witnessed during the voting exercise.
The contestants alleged that their opponent went to a point of using Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs to bribe voters and also intimidated IEBC officials.
“On several verifiable circumstances, Racheal Kaki Nyamai by herself and her agents was seen engaging in criminal acts of voter bribery where money was ditched to the constituents before, during, and after the casting of votes, on the Election Day, impeding a free and fair election,” Onesmus King of ODM Party stated.
The contestants also decried intimidation made to the residents by threatening them to vote for the incumbent thus going against the electoral code of conduct and denying the residents the right to choose the leader of their choice.
“Kaki used Public Officers and in particular, area chiefs and assistant chiefs to influence the residents and their constituent members to vote for her and also violence, where bouts of unrest were witnessed at several polling stations within Kitui South Constituency yet we wrote a letter to the Returning Officer not to continue with voter counting but we were chased away from the sub-county tallying center,” Daniel Ndambuki of Wiper Party alleged.
They also claimed that the IEBC officials allowed some voters to take photos of their ballot papers and posted online and this influenced the pattern of voting to those who had not voted and thus it was a breach of oath of secrecy.
The five contestants vowed to move to court to block the swearing-in of Rachel Kaki since they have evidence that the whole process was not transparent.
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