HOMABAY, Kenya, Nov 25 – An Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) official in the August 9 polls has testified against the body in the Homa Bay gubernatorial election petition filed by Dr. Evans Kidero.
The officer identified as Dan Ojijo who served as the Presiding Officer at Ongeti Primary School polling station in Kochia ward testified in court against his employer saying that the election was not free and fair at that particular station.
Ojijo marked the first witness to appear before Justice Roselyne Aburili at Homa Bay High court Thursday over the case that was filed by Dr. Kidero against the win of Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga.
According to the election results, Wanga of the ODM party won with 244,559 against 154,182 votes by Dr Kidero who was an independent candidate.
The witness differed with IEBC on matters transparency of the election at Ongeti polling station where Kidero came out with 115 votes and Wanga with 235.
He alleged that rowdy youths forced him at gunpoint to alter election results in favour of Wanga.
“Immediately after counting votes, a group of rowdy youths came and switched off the lights. They pointed a gun at me and forced me to record the results they had cooked,” Ojijo said.
The presiding officer argued that due to pressure and fear for his life, he could not go against the command of the hooligans.
“I reported the matter at Rangwe Police Station and I stand to say, the election was not fair at Ongeti primary polling station,” stated Ojijo.
In the hearing, lawyers Charles Kanjama, Raymond Olendo and Godrick Okello represented Wanga, IEBC and ODM party respectively.
Kanjama challenged the witness by stating that he was contradicting himself in the evidence since there was an affidavit he had sworn indicating that counting of votes was done peacefully.
“You had earlier stated in your affidavit that the counting of votes was peaceful yet again you talk of violence in which you were threatened with a gun. Are you trying to mislead this court?” Kanjama asked.
The lawyer linked Ojijo with personal hatred against his client citing a twitter post by the latter, who however denied having an account with the platform.
“There is a twitter handle associated with the witness indicating, ‘Wanga should not be allowed to go beyond where she is as a Woman Rep,” Kanjama argued.
On the same note, Olendo argued that Ojijo was wrong to testify against his employer, IEBC, because he had taken oath before not to do so during his recruitment as a presiding officer in the last elections.
He further cited that Ojijo did not have a document in his affidavit indicating an alteration of election results at that particular polling station.
“You are talking of altered election results but there is no document in your affidavit to prove it,” Olendo argued.
Present during the hearing included Deputy Governor Oyugi Magwanga, Kidero and Elijah Kodo, his running mate in his gubernatorial quest.