IEBC lawyers led by senior counsel Fred Ngatia admitted that Form 34A uploaded from Gatharaigu polling station in Muranga County was suspicious because it lacked security features.
The form was flagged yesterday by Raila Odinga’s lawyer Julie Soweto who brought the Supreme Court to the attention of the name of Jose Carmago, a Venezuelan accused by Odinga’s team of aiding voter rigging in favor of DP William Ruto, inscribed at the top left corner of the form.
Ms. Julie pointed out concerns on the form, including the manner in which results were handwritten and how the stamp was done.
“The form that Julie Soweto presented, having the name of Jose Carmago, does not have IEBC security features. They were meant to deceive and mislead,” IEBC lead counsel, Fred Ngatia, said.
Yesterday’s hearing featured rejoinders from petitioners and rebuttals from defendants. The 3-day hearing came to an end at around 5 PM with Chief Justice Martha Komme promising that the ruling will be out on Monday.
This weekend, the seven-judge bench is going through the lawyer’s submissions and writing a judgment.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.