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BY CORRESPONDENT,HOMABAY,21ST DEC 2017-The Homa Bay Election Court on Thursday ordered the scrutiny and recount of votes in 400 polling centres across the county, in a case in which Oyugi Magwanga who is former Kasipul MP is challenging Governor Cyprian Awiti’s re-election.
The former legislature says he had every reason to believe that election was not free and fair.
Justice Joseph Karanja gave directions that the recount be supervised by the deputy registrar of the court in the presence of three agents of each party.
“There shall be three agents for both the petitioner and the respondents during the recount exercise. The deputy registrar of the court will be present to make sure that there is transparency,” said the judge.
The recount is to be done between January 8-19 next year and a report presented to court before the 24th day of the same month.
The court also gave Magwanga access to the original forms used during the August 8 General Election.
Some of the polling centres affected by the directive include Kigoto and Uterere in Suba South, Asego Nursery and Lake Primary School in Homa Bay Town, Kobuya and Kowuor primary schools in Karachuonyo and Nyopuge and Wikoteng’ in Rangwe.
“The scrutiny is meant to validate or invalidate the results as presented by IEBC to court,” Justice Karanja said.
Mr Magwanga asked the court to grant him access to ballot boxes used in the election to put his own security seals.
“The integrity of the ballot boxes and election materials shall be ascertained by the deputy registrar of the court who shall supervise the exercise,” said the judge.
Through his lawyers Charles Kanjama and Humphrey Obach, the former MP argued that preserving the election materials would protect them from being tampered with when the case is still active.
Mr Magwanga wants Mr Awiti’s victory to be nullified.