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Lawyer Kithi storms Kilifi tallying centre, demands RO’s replacement

 

Lawyer George Kithi Friday stormed the Kilifi County Vote Tallying Centre at the Pwani University and demanded the disqualification of  the County Returning Officer over alleged integrity issues.

He spent the entire afternoon at the tallying centre raising his concerns with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials and later addressed the media.

Kithi, who is among the seven gubernatorial candidates seeking to lead the coastal county, alleged that the returning officer (RO), Hussein Gurre, had been holding secret meetings with one of the candidates and his agents.

Results announced by six out of the seven constituency officers indicated that ODM’s Gideon Mung’aro was leading with 121,378 votes followed by UDA’s Aisha Jumwa, who had 55,419 votes.

Kithi, a renowned Nairobi lawyer, who contested the seat on a Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) ticket, is third with 54,742 votes. He told journalists that the RO had allegedly refused to address concerns of aggrieved parties and insisted the exercise would not continue.

He alleged the RO was also changing results from polling stations in favour of one of his (Kithi’s) competitors.
Kithi alleged that Gurre had conceded he had changed some of the result from the forms and demanded that the tallying exercise be stopped till the IEBC replaces the officer.

He alleged there were plans to rig the elections, saying he would seek legal redress should his complaints fall on deaf ears.

His sentiments, made outside the Tallying Hall, irked Mung’aro supporters, who started shouting to journalists accusing them of listening to lies. Police officers led by Kilifi County Commander Willy Simba intervened and ejected Kithi’s supporters from the precincts. 

Simba attempted to kick the scribes out of the compound, but they resisted, arguing they were duly accredited by IEBC to cover the elections.

Contacted for comment, Gurre said he could not address journalists as he was extremely busy.

Nairobi lawyer George Kithi a Kilifi County gubernatorial candidate raising his concerns at the County Tallying Centre within Pwani University

 

Source:KNA

 

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