Machakos Court Won’t Store Governor Election Materials Over Space

By Allan Tawai

The High Court in Machakos has revised its earlier order that election materials used in the August 8 poll be stored there.

The court hearing Waviya Ndeti’s petition against Governor Alfred Mutua reconsidered its initial orders due to lack of space.

The materials and boxes are being held at the IEBC’s county office. The decision was reached after the parties involved visited the warehouse were the storage location.

“As you may recall, the court ordered on September 24 that the IEBC brings all election materials to court but when the registrar visited, she discovered they were too many for the space in court,” Ndeti’s lawyer Otiende Amolo told journalists on Wednesday.

“This necessitated our examination of alternatives.”

He added concerns that arose from the visit will be raised in court in due time.

“We noted some of the ballot boxes are in bad condition,” said Otiende.

Among what Ndeti wants is the scrutiny of votes cast in the election.
The case which is being heard by Justice Aggrey Muchelule will come up for pre-trial on October 18.
The court ordered IEBC to secure and present election materials used in the Yatta parliamentary race.

This followed a petition filed by Francis Mwangangi challenging Charles Kilonzo’s victory.
On October 18, the court will rule on whether the case will continue to full trial. The commission applied to have the case struck out as it was not filed within the legal period



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