Hours into the closely contested general elections, four officials of the Independent Electoral And Boundaries Commission (IEBC) have so far been arrested in Murang’a, Mombasa and Kilifi Counties.
Buzzkenya gathered that the four who were supposed to officiate the elections were arrested after they were found guilty of faulting electoral laws.
One of the officials was arrested in Changamwe Constituency, Mombasa County was caught handing double
governor seat ballot papers to selected voters on the queue.
It is believed that the suspect had colluded with either a political party or candidate to give the Governorship aspirant an undeserved advantage.
In Murang’a County two IEBC officials was caught while trying to change the names of polling clerks in the Kandara constituency station so that their preferred clerks conduct elections.
The same happened to another clerk who was arrested in Malindi after he was caught issuing double ballot papers.
The suspects are expected to be arraigned in court to face charges that could see them pay a Sh1 Million fine or spend three years behind bars.
Recall that last year, the IEBC amended the electoral laws ahead of this year’s general elections. It has emerged that the elections law was amended to remove a requirement that restricted politicians contesting in party nominations from having their names included in the party list.
Among the amended laws were also penalties for violating laws and processes. These were among other things, done to ensure free and fair 2017 election.
Charged not to give room for any frivolities from officials. Chairman Wafula Chebukati confirmed the IEBC had fired four officials among which are three presiding officers in Embakasi East, Kasarani and Westlands over delays that left voters stranded in the areas.
Also replaced is a clerk in Imara Daima who stamped ballot papers issued to voters as rejected sparking an uproar on social media. The voting process was delayed in two constituencies in Malindi after IEBC officials
The voting process was delayed in two constituencies in Malindi after IEBC officials failed to show up. Election materials had also not arrived at the polling stations causing further delays.
Meanwhile, a man reportedly collapsed and died shortly after voting in Nyando, Kisumu County.
The man whose name is Patrick Odoyo was the fifth person to vote. He suddenly collapsed at Lela polling station in Kobura Ward and was rushed to Ahero Sub-county hospital where he was pronounced dead.
His body has since been taken to the hospital’s mortuary. It is still not clear what caused Odoyo to collapse and die.
Odoyo’s collapse and sudden death come after a report of four women who collapsed at Supaloaf Primary School in Embakasi West while waiting for their turn to vote.
Another woman also reportedly gave birth at a polling station in Konyao Mixed Secondary School in Kapchok, Pokot North. In 2007, more than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced after the disputed election.
Kenyans are, however, reminded to remain united no matter what the election result would be.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said his supporters and himself would accept the election result, and urged his rivals to do the same. He said Kenyans should “move forward as one nation.
The police have arrested four IEBC officials in Murang’a, Mombasa and Kilifi Counties. Police reminds citizens to remain law abiding during voting processes