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Witness: I was told to sign a blank Form 35

By By Alex Namuliro | Jun 26th 2013 | 1 min read

By Alex Namuliro

Kakamega, Kenya: A witness told the Kakamega High Court during the hearing of a petition against the election of Matungu legislator David Were that agents irregularly filled out forms before the close of polling during the March 4 general election.

Augustine Ouma who was the ODM party agent at Lubanga polling station stunned the court when he said that together with other agents, they signed Form 35 before the completion of the election exercise.

“I was given a blank Form 35 to sign by the Returning Officer (RO) and I knew that was not the procedure because we were only authorised to sign the forms after the tallying of all the votes cast. And when I tried to question, there was no one to support me and this is why I have come to tell this court that there were election irregularities,” Ouma told Justice Erick Ogola.

He told the court that the RO told them it will save them time adding that the wife to the legislator, Jane Were, was present at the polling centre where she talked to the presiding officer in a manner likely to suggest that they were engaging in election malpractice.

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