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March 22, 2018

IEBC clerks charged with failing to validate voter details

Police arrest IEBC officials Benson Busi and Michael Wekesa in Endebes constituency, Trans Nzoia county. /CORAZON WAFULA
Police arrest IEBC officials Benson Busi and Michael Wekesa in Endebes constituency, Trans Nzoia county. /CORAZON WAFULA

Five IEBC officials have been charged with election malpractices in Malindi and Kitale on Tuesday.

Three clerks appeared in the Malindi law courts for failing to validate voters' details on the KIEMS machine during the August 8 elections.

Emanuel Muthui was accused of not validating details of 64 registered voters at Majivuni Primary polling station.

Co-accused Ismail Gathungu also failed to do the same for 43 registered voters at Msahaba Primary School polling centre.

Bernard Masha is also accused of not validating 39 registered voters at Kakuyuni Primary School polling station.

They were released on a Sh100,000 bond each with a similar surety.

Principal magistrate Silvia Wewa said the matter will be heard on September 12.

In Kitale, an IEBC presiding officer was charged with stealing a KIEMS kit valued at Sh100,000.

Michael Wekesa, a PO at Salaam Primary School polling station, has been in remand since last Thursday.

Agnes Wanjala, a witness, told the court she noticed the kit had not been returned on election day.

Principal magistrate Mary Immaculate ordered Wekesa to undergo a mental evaluation at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.

Another presiding officer was charged for failing to properly hand over form 37A for the Trans Nzoia Senate seat on August 9.

Benson Busi of Nai Farm Primary School polling station was released on a Sh400,000 bond.

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