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Court declines to order scrutiny of cast votes for Mandera North Parliamentary seat

By Faith Karanja | Published Fri, January 19th 2018 at 00:11, Updated January 19th 2018 at 00:17 GMT +3
Court declines to order a recount of votes cast for the Mandera North parliamentary seat. [Photo: Courtesy]

A court has declined to order a recount of votes cast for the Mandera North parliamentary seat.

Justice Hedwig Ong’udi ruled that there was no basis for a recount.

“Scrutiny is allowed and limited to only reading of SD cards in respect of Al-hidaya primary school number 4, Ola primary school number No 3, Kajaja No 1, Quarahey primary school, Dara farm no 2 and Barwaqo number 1,” ruled Justice Ong’udi.

An application for recount was made by 23 voters from Mandera North Constituency.

One of the complainants, Issac Hassan Maalim, told the court he was made to sit at a corner during voting and was observing the poll from afar.  He said he was a trained poll agent and had reported at the polling station at about 7.15 am.

However, respondents Abdibashir Alinoor and Bashir Sheikh Abdullahi said Maalim seemed satisfied with the voting and would have reported any irregularity observed to the police.

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Adow Molu Kike, who was an Economic Freedom Party (EFP) agent at Darab Athathi, claimed he was assaulted electoral officials.

Mr Kike claimed to have reported the matter at Rhamu police Station.