Crooked and Cooked: Did Macharia Njeru Really Win the JSC Election? Details!

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Towards the hotly contested May 9 election, the race had been reduced to two horses: the incumbent Prof. Tom Ojienda and the controversial former IPOA boss Macharia Njeru (above).

But even as Prof. Ojienda seemed to take the lead in most of the opinion polls, something was apparently cooking in the other camp and that was an effort to stop Ojienda from defending his seat.

Prof. Tom Ojienda. PHOTO/FILE

According to the results announced by the supervising body IEBC, Njeru garnered 2,738 votes against the incumbent Tom Ojienda’s 2,545 votes – a difference of 193 votes. In third position came Charles Mongare Ongoto.

However, the fresh details revealed to Wakajuanes.Com, the crooked election which was held in 28 centers across the country under the careless eye of the (IEBC) have revealed hundreds of discrepancies.

According to the data acquired by this site, there were 81 reports of varying data entered by the returning officers and those announced by IEBC.

In Kakamega for example, the Returning officer recorded Ojienda and Njeru’s s votes as 40 and 19 but the IEBC announced 59 and 60 for Ojienda and Njeru respectively.

In another data seen by this site, 23 checked in a day before the election yet every voter was only allowed to check in once and on the voting day while 22 others voted in two different stations, bringing the number of the discrepancies to 224 which was 33 more than the margin Njeru won with.

Those who checked in before the voting day include Alex Gatundu Irungu who checked in at 2.51:10PM at Nairobi Supreme Court 2 on 08/05/2019.

Some of the voters who checked into the system more that two times include Gitau Sharon Muthoni who logged in thrice at 9.52:20AM, 9.52:30AM and 9.52:45AM all at Nairobi Supreme Court Stream 2.

The same stream had a voter called Murgor Carine Cherono who topped the number of check-ins with a record four times at 3.34.59PM, 3.35:03PM, 3.35:06PM and 3.35:35PM.

The phrase Check-in means that once a voter signs in, he or she doesn’t login until the voting process is over. Different check-ins from one person meant that they were signing out and in so promptly that even the gap between the check-ins is so narrow. This apparently shows that the system had been manipulated.

It’s not clear why the IEBC did not raise any alarm if they at all noticed some suspicious data entry.

This is not the first time the IEBC has come under scrutiny for mismanaging an election. In 2013, the CORD coalition disputed the presidential results in the Ssupreme Court. Even though the apex court with-held the election, the process left many tongues waging.

Four years later, the Supreme Court nullified the Presidential election on grounds that the election was not done in accordance with the law.

With the third referendum in less than twelve years looming as well as the next general election just three years away, a lot has to be done.

With such revelations from the audit report of the LSK Male Representative to the Judiciary, it’s not clear whether Prof. Ojienda will challenge the outcome in a court of law as our efforts to reach him were futile.

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Simiyu Wakajuaness

Simiyu Wakajuaness is the founder of this news site, a scriptwriter, actor and stage director with ardent passion in media and public relations in this digital world. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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