BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,28TH AUG 2017-Lawyer Paul Muite appearing for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC at the Supreme court in the ongoing hearing of the NASA petition challenging president Uhuru Kenyatta’s win,on Monday,Muite says it could not have been possible to rig an election from the poling stations.
According to the senior counsel ,every party had its own agent at each and poling station such that there was no room for any mischief.
Muite also says the team of observers seconded to kenya from diffrent countiries commended the commission for the job well done and therefore sentiments by NASA lawyers that the entire exercise was not credible are false.”My lord kenyans came out in large numbers to vote and that they did and electing leaders of their choice the ones they wanted”he said.
He further says the forms 34As and 34Bs were not entirely relied upon as the final results only became acceptable after the computation and verification by the returning officers at every poling station.
Meanwhile a presidential candidate in the August 8 elections, Dr Ekuru Aukot of the Thirdway Alliance, has told the Supreme Court that he is not challenging the results declaring Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the poll.
According to his lawyer, who addressed the supreme court at the ongoing petition hearings Monday,Elias Mutuma, Dr Aukot conceded the outcome but his concession does not mean he “gives a clean bill of health” to the results.
He said their team conducted an audit of the election process and found out that there were a number of anomalies, which continued to recur, throughout the election process.
Mr Mutuma told the court that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had a duty to ensure that all the election materials – including the Form 34As and 34Bs – were safe by putting in place an infrastructure which ensures that the forms are secure.
He said that instead, the forms were scattered all over and at the disposal of the presiding officers and returning officers, in a manner that they could not be accounted for.