Three people, including two officials of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), were nabbed while attempting to tamper with 16 ballot boxes in Embakasi, Nairobi County.
Police arrested the trio and retrieved the ballot boxes which were being stored at Embakasi Girls High school following the Tuesday, August 8 elections.
Irshad Sumra who unsuccessfully vied to retain his Embakasi South MP seat, confirmed the incident, saying the officials tricked their way and gained access to the ballot boxes. The officials are said to have accessed the hall where the ballot had been stored under the pretense that they were going to “retrieve something they had forgotten”.
The legislator says the broken ballot boxes will go along way to strengthen and add credence to the National Super Alliance (NASA)’s Supreme Court petition against IEBC an its declaration that Uhuru Kenyatta won the presidential race.
“According to the rules governing IEBC, it is illegal that the ballot boxes were open and it is only the court that has the mandate to open them,” Sumra said.
Following the incident, photos and videos of the tampered ballot boxes were taken as evidence of the vandalism. Dr Eroo Meli, an elections manager in Nairobi county, however said the officials were at the premises to retrieve the Forms 34As.
This is happening against the backdrop of Raila Odinga moving to court on Friday, August 19, backed by a 20,000-page document as evidence that the polls were a total sham.
Judges are expected to give a verdict in the next 11 days.