“It is only reasonable and fair to assuage the apprehension on the part of the applicant if the election for MP in Changamwe constituency was properly and legally conducted,” ruled Justice Njoki.

The Judge also allowed the application to establish whether correct numbers of votes cast were captured in some of the polling stations where the petitioners alleged that forms 34A were altered.

SCRUTINY

The court also indicated that some Jubilee Party agents who testified that they were chased away in some of the polling stations established sufficient grounds for the court to grant the orders of scrutiny and recount since some forms adduced by IEBC in court lacked their signatures as required.

The court also allowed the scrutiny and recount in 21 polling stations where variances were noted in serial numbers captured in polling day diaries, ballot papers, and ballot papers slip apertures as stated in a report of the court’s deputy registrar during the securing of election materials by the court.

Presiding officers and deputy presiding officers failure to indicate their details on form 35As in nine polling stations in Changamwe constituency also warranted the order with the Judge saying that they ought to safeguard accountability and transparency in the election process.

Mr Mahmoud is challenging the election of Mr Omar Mwinyi of ODM party as Changamwe MP.

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