Court orders vote recount for Changamwe constituency


Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa high court on Friday ordered the scrutiny and recount of 81 polling stations in Changamwe constituency.

Abdi Daib through his lawyer Gikandi Ngibuini filed an application seeking the court to allow scrutiny and recount of votes for alleged election malpractices.

Justice Njoki Mwangi ruled that there was variance in the results at the IEBC portal and the results declared on forms thus need for scrutiny.

Jubilee party agents were denied access to some of the polling stations and details of the deputy presiding officers and presiding officers including their names and signatures missed in some of the form 35As, were some of the reasons why the court directed for the scrutiny of votes in Changamwe constituency.

Court declined to grant orders in polling stations where the votes were not stamped by the IEBC.

Justice Mwangi ruled that it was not a legal requirement for the IEBC to stamp form 35As.

The court directed the deputy court register to lead the exercise of scrutinizing and recounting of votes in 81 polling stations out of 137.

The votes will be counted in five days from 16th January to 24th before a report is submitted in court.

The current Changamwe MP is Omar Mwinyi.