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Police question two IEBC staff in ballot box probe

By - Aug 18th 2022
Governor ballot box during IEBC voting simulation at the KICC. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Police in Bura constituency are looking for an election official in connection with the discovery of a ballot box abandoned outside a tallying centre in Bura-Tana, Tana River county, on Wednesday.

The detectives are still questioning two poll workers about how the sealed ballot box for governor candidates was separated from the other materials during the counting process.

Tana North police commander Ali Ndiema said they contacted the officials to explain how the ballot box was left unnoticed at the tallying centre.

Mr. Ndiema stated that the two suspects detained at the Bura police station are assisting with the investigation and will be arraigned in court once the investigations are completed.

“Let us not be in a hurry. The issue is being handled by the DCI and the suspects will appear in court by Monday,” he told The Standard on the phone. Attempts to contact the official were fruitless, as his phone calls went unanswered. However, the County Returning Officer, Yonnah Ogalo, requested that the police expedite their investigation and ensure that the box is secure.

“Let the police carry out their investigation independently,” Ogalo said. On Wednesday, shortly after the ballot box was recovered, Hussein Dado’s running mate, Ibrahim Sane, slammed IEBC officials in the region for their handling of the election.

He urged police to arrest and prosecute all those involved in the exercise, pledging to challenge the victory in court by Monday. With 26,892 votes, incumbent governor Dhadho Godhana was declared the winner.

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