Poll officer case deferred pending lawmaker’s probe

Wangari Njuguna @PeopleDailyKe

A Murang’a court on Wednesday deferred for a month the case of an IEBC presiding officer charged with wrongful entry of results in October 26 fresh presidential poll.

State Counsel Leonard Njeru requested the court to defer John Kiragu’s case until investigations against Kandara MP Alice Wahome for alleged election malpractice is completed.

Njeru told principal magistrate Antony Mwicigi that prosecution wants to merge the two cases. Kiragu, who presided over election at Kiiru polling station in Kandara, was expected to take a plea on Wednesday.

Kiragu was arrested on Monday for filling a results form erroneously, awarding presidential candidate Japheth Kavinga Kaluyu 440 votes meant for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

On the other hand, Wahome is accused of assaulting Kandara Returning Officer Martin Malonza. She was captured in an altercation with the officer in video clip that has since gone viral. Kiragu was freed on bond until December 5 when the case will be mentioned.

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