After Jubilee’s Aaron Cheruiyot clinched a resounding victory over its opposition Kanu, as the representative of the people of Kericho in the Senate, the coalition dismissed the result claiming it was marred.
Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto speaking on behalf of Kanu, said that the coalition can proof that the election was flawed citing that it is in possession of pre-marked ballot papers that “influenced JAP’s votes” in the Kericho Senator by-election.
Rutto said the leading party couldn’t even make vote-buying a secret and were open about the whole exercise. Speaking on the result, Rutto shared how the result came out disappointing.
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Rutto caps Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission with an accusation, saying they joined forces with JAP against Kanu to tamper with the mini poll.
He told a press conference in Kericho on Tuesday;
We are of the view that the results were not a reflection of the will of the people,
The by-election outcome is a grave indictment of the IEBC. Some polling centres had very wild votes that influenced the outcome.
Kanu’s Secretary General, Nick Salat, also added:
Poll results do not tally. We will release our own data regarding the by-election on Wednesday.
The campaign coordinator for Kanu, Magerer Langat, blamed the IEBC of having worked to rescue Deputy President William Ruto from the lurking humiliation in Rift valley. He hinted that his coalition will seek for IEBC’s reconstitution prior to the general election set to take place in 2017.
According to him:
A Jubilee win does not mean anything.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Cheruiyot the winner of the the mini-polls for garnering a whooping 109,358 votes, while Kanu’s Sang gathered only 56,241 votes.
This means that the Jubilee Alliance Party’s Aaron Cheruiyot won 60 per cent of the votes to win the Kericho Senate seat – clinching a resounding victory over Kanu’s Kipkorir Paul Sang. Kanu dismissed the provisional results, claiming the exercise was faulty. The coalition says it will contest the result.
The Kericho Senate seat became vacant after president Uhuru Kenyatta appointed the Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter to government.
The win would have relieved Deputy President William Ruto who has been struggling with strong challenges from a handful of Jubilee rebels from the South Rift as well as Kanu who teamed up against him. The campaign got heated up as Deputy President William Ruto and Kanu boss Gideon Moi went personal with it.
The President didn’t get himself involved in the Kericho senatorial campaigns throughout the battle of words between Deputy President William Ruto and Kanu boss Gideon Moi. Reports say the president avoided the rally because he was not up for the fight and didn’t want to be dragged into it.
This revelation came a few hours to the by-elections scheduled on Monday in both Kericho and Malindi in which locals are expected to vote in Kericho senator and the Malindi MP to represent them.