Report points out irregularities in August polls in Coast region

Several activists holding copies of the report in Mombasa/JANET MURIKIRA

Mombasa,KENYA: A report released by civil societies  based in the coast region has highlighted massive irregularities in the August 8th polls.

The report entitled Manipulated peoples will:Elections as a process or event that was released on Monday in Mombasa has been drafted from testimonies of observers from various civil society groups in Mombasa among them Muslim for Human rights (MUHURI), and Human rights Agenda HURIA.

The reports alleges some cases where the voter turnout was lower than the number announced by the returning officer.

“We observed tallying from 9th August to 10th of August in Likoni constituency tallying centre..On the announcement  of the presidential results by the RO it was found that the  voter declaration was  contradicting form 34B .The form was stating that voter turnout was 49,896 while the RO mentioned 53,602” Reads part of the report.

The report also alleges that police officers were used as returning officers in several parts of Kwale county while several party agents were seen campaigning at the Jogoo showground  polling station in Ukunda.

In other areas , the report alleges that IEBC employees denied voters the right to exercise their democratic right after polling stations that had opened late closed in time locking out voters.

“The PO at Kamare primary school  should be investigated  for infringing  on the rights of 15 voters  by denying them  a chance to vote  despite a two  hour delay  that was not the fault of the voters and the station closed at 5.00pm contrary to regulations’’ reads another part of the report.

Following the annulment of the presidential election by the Supreme court , the report which  further goes ahead make recommendations for improvement suggests the investigation of  the role of security agencies  in aiding the poll irregularities.