Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) official has revealed that he was forced to announce Homa Bay gubernatorial outcome at gunpoint.
Dan Ojijo, who served as the Presiding Officer at Ongeti Primary School polling station in Kochia ward told the court that the Homa Bay gubernatorial elections were not conducted in a free and fair manner.
While testifying in a petition filed by Homa Bay gubernatorial candidate Evans Kidero, Ojijo said that rowdy youths stormed his station with guns and crude weapons and forced him to alter election results to announce ODM candidate Gladys Wanga as the winner.
Other witnesses who testified over the weekend further confirmed that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, his party, and its leadership influenced the outcome of the August 9, the whole election in the Nyanza region.
“There were at least five politicians who expressed interest in being Homa Bay governor using the ODM party. They all campaigned using the party’s name but one person (Wanga) was favored,” Nyabola, one of the witnesses in the case told the court.
However, former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has received a major blow after the court reviewed its earlier position to scrutinize votes in a large number of polling centers.
The court had earlier ordered a vote recount in seven constituencies in a case where Kidero was challenging the election of Gladys Wanga as the Homa Bay governor.
Justice Roseline Aburili had ordered for scrutiny of election materials in 400 polling stations but was reduced to 195 polling stations.
According to the August 9 election results, Wanga of ODM got 244,559 against 154,182 votes by Kidero who was an independent candidate.