Omar testifies in court during ongoing hearing of case challenging Joho’s Win

Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar during the hearing of the case challenging Joho's win. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: Former Mombasa senator Hassan Omar Sarai has accused IEBC of failing to conduct a free and fair gubernatorial election in Mombasa.

Mr.Omar who testified in Mombasa court on Monday alleged that over 300 voters in Changamwe constituency were denied an opportunity to cast their votes.

He further told the court that there were irregularities in forms 37 A, B and C which were used to tally and declare results for the governor.

According to the results released by IEBC on 12th August, Ali Hassan Joho won with 221,177 votes followed by Suleiman Shahbal with 69,515.

But Omar who was third in position with 43,287 votes, told the court that he challenged election since he had evidence to prove the exercise was not free and fair.

He accused IEBC of failing to sign 85 form 37 A and also not stamping about 16 forms that were used to announce the winner.

Despite the election for Kisauni constituency seat  being challenged in court by former MP Rashid Bedzimba, Omar told off Joho lawyers that it was a free and fair competition.

Five candidates for Wiper party contested for Member of Parliament seat in Mombasa but only one won the seat, Hon Ali Mbogo.

“I did not write to IEBC to inform them that my agents were denied to access some polling station,” Omar told the court.

He further denied claims made by Mohammed Balala accusing him of filing a petition only because the supreme court ruled that presidential election was not free and fair.

The hearing was adjourned after Omar requested time to attend the swearing in of president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta scheduled for tomorrow.