Former MP Elizabeth Ongoro’s chief agent in the August 8th election has told court that more than 80 of their agents were completely denied access into polling centers.
Cyrus Raba told Justice Richard Mwongo that some of the agents who were allowed inside polling centers with appointment letters from IEBC were granted access much later in the day as voting was underway.
The agent who is the second witness in the matter told the court that their agents were later chased out during the tallying process as the presiding officers demanded that only those with the IEBC budges were to take part.
“Our agents who had been allowed access without the badges were however told to leave during the tallying of the votes,” said Raba.
He told the court that failure to allow them inside the station before the exercise, denied them a chance to verify if the ballot boxes were empty before the voting began.
The Agent also told the court that irregularities did occur as one of Kajwang’s agents was arrested for taking photographs of ballot boxes.
In the petition, Ongoro wants the court to declare that Tom Kajwang was not validly elected as Ruaraka MP elect and that the declaration is invalid null and void.
She says that the election was marred and significantly compromised by intimidation and corruption contrary to the Constitution.
She further argues that the elections were not free and fair as there was the use of intimidation, coercion and improper influence of voters.
Ongoro is also seeking an order for an audit of the system and technology used by the IEBC in the Ruaraka parliamentary election including but not limited to the KIEMS kits, the servers, website/portal.
She accuses Kajwang of engaging in sexist tactics and violence to keep her and her supporters who were mostly women from actively engaging in politics.
She says that Kajwang made disparaging sexist remarks in full glare of cameras against her and her female supporters.