Governors Lee Kinyanjui, Francis Kimemia fault results

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui with Azimio leaders and supporters after a meeting in Naivasha. [Antony Gitonga, Standard]

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition party has rejected election results of all positions in Nakuru and Nyandarua.

Governors Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru) and his Nyandarua counterpart Francis Kimemia led the coalition candidates in faulting the results, saying the voting was marred with irregularities, including voter bribery and violence.

They claimed their agents were locked out of various polling stations. “This exercise was marred with irregularities and we suspect rigging was planned way before the voting day,” Mr Kinyanjui told journalists at a press conference in Naivasha.

He said they were engaging their teams to petition the court to nullify the results. Mr Kinyanjui, who lost his seat to senator Susan Kihika, read the statement which questioned the voting patterns in some polling stations where the number of votes was allegedly similar.

He added the number of votes for each seat did not tally with the final figures and suggested that some voters only voted for one position, and not six.

Kinyanjui pointed an accusing finger at IEBC officials for the alleged anomaly which cost him and the others their seats.

“It was evident that voter turnout was low but after the elections, it’s emerging that some polling stations had more than 70 per cent turnout which is suspicious,” he said. While questioning the integrity of the tallying, Kinyanjui termed it a threat to democracy, adding that they would be demanding an audit of the results.

“There were cases of voter bribery, intimidation, and locking out of our agents but we want to thank Nakuru residents for voting peacefully,” he said.

And speaking in Kinangop, Kimemia said Mt Kenya was targeted in a rigging scheme by people he did not name.

Kimemia questioned the low turnout against the high numbers noted at the end of the tallying. While calling for a forensic audit, he said he would be going to court to oppose the results, which according to him were manipulated.

“This was a scheme meant to lock out some governors in Mt Kenya region and we are working with Azimio and our legal teams over the next course of action,” he said.

While calling for peace, he questioned the voting pattern where presidential votes were more than others seats, which raised questions. “We have information that some people voted twice and agents were locked out. Bribery was high and some ballot boxes were stuffed,” he said.