Former Multimedia university (MMU) student leader Harrison Kamwana has taken issues with Wiper Party after his opponent for the MCA Marungu ward in Taita Taveta county was announced the winner in yesterday’s nomination elections. The former student leader accused the election officials of colluding with his opponent to rig him out of the much-coveted seat.
In a letter addressed to Wiper party’s National Elections Board and copied to Magazine Reel, Kamwana revealed that members of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) were also allowed to vote in several polling stations. The letter which acted as an appeal from the former student leader also explained how the polls were a sham and that the will of the people failed to be accepted.
“The party primaries in Taita Taveta County were full of malpractice because there were no specified criteria to consider on who to vote, everyone who presented a national ID Card at the polling station was allowed to vote. The Taita Taveta County party register was outdated and was never used as agreed and set by NEB instead those who voted including aspirants were written in an exercise book. Even unregistered IEBC members were allowed to vote”, Kamwana says.
“ODM members were also allowed to vote after voting for the favourite ODM candidates in their polling station which was next door. The clerks also gave directions to voters on who to vote for”, he continues in a letter addressed to the NEB.
Kamwana said that even spoilt voters were counted as those of his opponent and that the Presiding officer was involved in ballot paper stuffing. He revealed that some of the clerks were found actively marking ballot papers in favor of his opponent and putting them inside a polling box specifically for the MCA. He says that his agent tried to stop the activity but the Presiding officer ignored him.
The former student leader now wants investigations to be done by the Wiper party officials and ensure that only those who won genuinely are given certificates to be flag bearers in the coming general elections.
“It is my request to NEB to investigate this matter further and come up with a fair judgment for the sake transparency and accountability of the party”, Kamwana concludes.