Nyamira election riddled with errors, poll official admits

Evans Nyakundi @PeopleDailyKe

Nyamira county returning officer David Towett yesterday admitted in court that there were errors that riddled the August 8 governor race election in the area. He, however, maintained that the anomalies in Forms 37A, B and C could not have affected the outcome of the poll because they were insignificant.

Towett, who was being cross-examined by Walter Nyambati’s lawyer Kennedy Nyaencha in a petition challenging the election of Governor John Nyagarama, also admitted that more than 46 polling centres had more votes cast than those registered, a situation he said was an oversight.

Nyaencha told High Court presiding judge James Makau that Nyagarama did not win the seat because votes used to declare his win were more than those registered in some poling centres.

He said most of the polling centres in North Mugirango constituency where votes which could not be accounted for, were used to declare Nyagarama the winner of the 2017 governor seat. Nyaencha said in some polling stations, votes cast were less than the turnout, an indication that the exercise was not credible.

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