In Summary
  • Governor Mruttu claimed that marked ballot papers were  being circulated to some polling stations in Taveta Constituency.

  • Mr Mwadeghu and Ms Mwatela, both aspiring governors, claimed their agents were denied entry into the polling stations.

  • Taita Taveta Returning Officer Festus Mucheke dismissed the claims raised by the candidates and their supporters and asked those with evidence to report to the commission and the police. 

Thousands of voters in Taita Taveta  County Tuesday morning braced the cold to cast their votes amidst rigging claims by some candidates. 

Voters started trooping to the various polling centres from as early as 4 am but the exercise kicked off at 6am at slow pace due to confusion in the order of names and some technical hitches with the biometric voter register,

Governor John Mruttu, who is defending his seat  as an independent candidate, cast his ballot at 6am at Kimala Primary school polling centre in his home turf of  Taveta constituency.  

Rigging allegations were rife in the county as candidates accused each other of foul play.

Governor Mruttu claimed that marked ballot papers were  being circulated to some polling stations in Taveta Constituency. 

The alleged ballot papers were said to have been sneaked into the country from Tanzania through the Holili-Taveta border

However, the Nation could not establish the whereabouts  of the  alleged marked papers.

The governor also raised issues with stamping of the ballot papers, saying the stamps lacked  IEBC serial numbers thus increasing the possibility of being tampered with.   

Thomas Mwadeghu who is seeking to unseat Mr Mruttu claimed opponents had imported voters from Kwale County to rig him out. 

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