Ballot Papers Were Dumped in Forest- IEBC Official Admits

  • The Returning Officer (RO) for Gatundu North Constituency in the August 8 General Election on Tuesday admitted that there are ballot papers which were dumped in a forest.

    While giving his testimony at the Kiambu High Court, Partick Gakuru confessed that the poll materials retrieved in a forest were genuine.

    Former MP Clement Waibara, who filed a petition seeking to nullify Ann Kibe's win in the August poll, stated that the ballots were found on August 20 bearing official IEBC stamps.

    [caption caption="Former Gatundu North MP Clement Waibara displays some of the ballot papers he has cited as evidence of malpractice in his petition against Ann Kibe, September 5, 2017 Courtesy Stanley Njenga"][/caption]

    Following his admission, Mr Gakuru explained that the minimal errors experienced in the polls could not have affected the results of the parliamentary elections and cited an insurmountable margin of over 30,000 votes between Waibara and Ms Kibe.

    Mr Waibara went to court seeking to be declared as the winner of the Gatundu North parliamentary seat.

    Suggesting that he had evidence that would shock the country, the former MP is asking the court to order a fresh poll.

    He conveyed: "I have confidence that after my evidence is presented in court, the whole country will be shocked about what happened.

    "There was no justice for Gatundu North residents since pre-marked ballot papers were stuffed in boxes after voting closed.

    "As far as I know, there was no election in Gatundu North especially after fake ballot papers were recovered in a thicket and in dustbins," Mr Waibara explained.

    The court ordered a scrutiny of the ballot papers in 11 polling stations as well as KIEMS kits and ballot papers found in the forest.

    [caption caption="Gatundu North MP Ann Kibe celebrating her victory in the Gatundu North Parliamentary race"][/caption]