By Ruth Gitu
Former governor David ole Nkedianye on Thursday filed an election petition challenging IEBC for awarding a win to governor Joseph Ole Lenku at Kajiado high court.
Nkedianye, while addressing journalists outside the high court, claimed Kajiado is among the counties across the country with “computer generated governor”.
He claimed he has damaging exhibits against IEBC on the manipulation of election results from more than 60 polling stations in favour of governor Lenku.
The immediate former governor denied he had congratulated Lenku during the inauguration of the new governor in Kajiado on August 18.
Nkedianye, who was quoted by the media saying Kajiado is bigger than himself and that he would not seek court indulgence after losing the election, said he was quoted out of context.
“What I remember saying is that I will leave the determination of the winner to God. The same God has opened my eyes to see how I was hauled out of office through a manipulated election,” said Nkedianye.
He said his team of legal experts has unearthed damning reports against IEBC and his contender, Lenku.
“That election lacked the tenets of a democratic process. It is total shame and acceptable in a society that gained independence from the yoke of colonialism more than 50 years ago,” said Nkedianye.
Nkedianye was accompanied by his legal team led by Saitabao Kanchori, who claimed he has evidence necessary to overturn the election of Lenku.
Kanchori claimed that for instance, a username for one of the sub-county returning officer accessed the IEBC server at the headquarters with her laptop at her station, deleted and modified elections for 167 polling stations that amounted to 64,230 Lenku votes.
Surprisingly, Kanchori said, her password was able to manipulate figures across all the 5 sub counties in Kajiado.
He said such a malpractice can attract, if convicted, a 10 year imprisonment, or Sh10 million fine or both.
The lawyer further claimed several polling stations had voter turn-out exceeding the registered voters by over 200per cent, especially in Kajiado North, and Nkedianye’s votes in Kajiado East were reduced immensely by 40 per cent.
“In fact results for 64 out of 797 polling stations with a total of 32,889 registered voters were not entered into the system for the election of the governor, but interestingly they were able to get the final result anyway,” alleged Kanchori.
Not a single form 37B from any of the 5 constituency in the whole of Kajiado County was uploaded onto the IEBC server as required for tabulation before a winner is declared, Kanchori claimed.
“The law was bridged at every step of the process that led to declaration of a winner,’ he said.
The whole exercise was shambolic with many other glaring irregularities that will be exposed going forward, the lawyer added.
Meanwhile, Joseph Simel, on Wednesday night filed his petition against the election of Kajiado West MP, George Sunkuyia at the high court.
In the lower court, Nixon Karaine of Jubilee also filed his election petition case against Paul Matuyia of Kitengela Ward.
Courts have up to February next year to determine the fate of 117 election petitions filed across the country.
The window for filing of petitions challenging posts of governor, senator, Women rep, members of the National Assembly and MCAs ended on Thursday.
The law gives a person intending to challenge elections results 28 days from the date of declaration to do so.
By Thursday 15 cases had been filed against elected governors, 34 cases for MPs and 63 cases for MCAs had been filed in court across the country.
Kajiado, Machakos, Kisii, Nyamira, Embu, Garissa, Tana River, Kirinyaga, Turkana, Lamu, Kilifi, Mandera, Samburu, and Taita Taveta are some of the counties whose governor results are being challenged according to judiciary records.