At least three people including two police officers have been arrested ferrying marked ballot papers in Narok County.
Sergeant Michael Cheptoo and Daniel Chepkwony were on Monday, August 8, intercepted at Shell Petrol Station in Kilgoris, hours to the official voting date.
According to a police report filed at Kilgoris police station in Trans Mara West Sub County, Narok County and seen by Kivumbi.co.ke, the three were arrested after members of the public raised the alarm.
The trio had gone to refuel their motor vehicle when the alarm was raised.
“Today Monday, August 8, at 1830hrs police received a distress call from members of the public that they had intercepted marked ballot papers at the shell petrol station,” police said in a statement.
During the incident, one presidential ballot box for the 2022 presidential elections was destroyed by irate members of the public.
Transmara west constituency returning officer confirmed that the intercepted materials were the property of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which were yet to be delivered to them.
Other voting materials found in their possession include a register of voters for Kilgoris prison, results booklet s/no 61-62, 18-29 3), 12pcs of presidential ballot papers, 4) form 35c 2pcs, 5) form 36c 8pcs, 6) form 34b 20pcs, 7) form 39b 16pcs, 8) form 35b 24pcs, 9) form 36b 27pcs, 10) 38b 26pcs, 11).
Also seized was a copy of the work ticket for the hired vehicles.
This came even as IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati earlier assured voters that the commission will deliver a free and fair election.
“We have given it our all and we have done what the law requires. When we took up this assignment we knew we were going to serve the IEBC. I haven’t spoken to the commissioners to ask them if what they thought is what they are getting,” he said.