East Africa

Kenya court orders re-tallying of results in 22 polling stations

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Monitor Correspondent

Kenya’s Supreme Court yesterday ordered the scrutiny of two key documents used to tally votes, chiefly Form 34 from all the country’s 33,400 polling stations– and all the Forms 36 used in the tallying of the presidential votes.

The court also ordered re-tallying of the presidential results in 22 polling stations using Forms 34 and 36 so as to determine the numbers of votes cast over number of registered voters. This will start today.

In the ruling, Justice Smokin Wanjala said the re-tallying would aim to show if the number of votes cast exceeded the number of registered voters. He also ordered that the results from the 22 polling stations be filed at the Supreme Court registry by tomorrow 4pm after re-tallying.

The court also ordered that all the representatives and agents from the petitioners and respondents in the recount process to take an oath.

The court further approved the application by the Attorney General to act as ‘a friend of the court’ in presidential petitions, but dropped the Law Society of Kenya application. The judges also consolidated three petitions and allowed the Cord (the coalition challenging the presidential election results) petition to take lead.

Early in the day in his opening remarks, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said the judges would be objective in its ruling on the petition.

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