Vote recount in the 15 polling stations as ordered by the Supreme Court is set to be concluded on Thursday, September 1 with a few ballot boxes having been scrutinised.

A few errors have since been noted in nine of the 45 ballot boxes in an exercise that is being conducted under tight security.

The boxes were from Mvita Constituency, Mombasa County in Majengo and Mvita primary schools polling stations.

Some of the issues that emerged included failure to fill Forms 34A, failure to seal rejected ballot papers and missing of voters physical register and lack of stamps.

Other notable errors were that in Majengo polling station, Stream 1 had no Form 34A. At the same polling station, in Stream 2 Form 34A was blank and had not been stamped.

In Mvita Primary School, Stream 5, the ballot box scrutinised had two Forms 34A.

It was found that some Form 34A were signed by the presiding officer, the deputy presiding officer and agents of political parties but other Form 34A was no signed.

The exercise was under tight security with the Registrar of the Supreme Court, Letizia Wachira together with her staff overseeing the whole process.

Before the start of the recount on August 29, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu had directed the Deputy Inspector General of Police Noor Gabow to provide adequate security during the recounting exercise.

“We direct the Inspector General of Police in liaison with the Registrar of this Court to provide adequate security during the exercise of scrutiny,” Mwilu directed. 

The team that was tasked with recount has limited time to present final report to the 7-bench judge with September 1 being the final day.

Source: Kenyans

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