Embu High Court orders scrutiny and recount of votes cast in the gubernatorial contest

The High Court in Embu has ordered partial scrutiny and recount of votes cast for the gubernatorial contest in majority of polling centres in the County dealing a major blow to incubate Governor Martin Wambora, who has been opposed to the case.

In a determination of petition No.1 of the 2017 elections pitying immediate former Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti verses IEBC, Returning Officers and incumbent Governor Martin Wambora High Court Judge Justice William Musyoka ruled that in order to verify who the actual winner of the gubernatorial contest was, he found it necessary to order subjecting of the votes cast in selected polling centres to a thorough scrutiny and recount.

He said evidence adduced during the hearings in the petition field by Mr. Kivuti were sufficient to grant the petitioners his prayers for a recount “I find that there is sufficient basis for ordering a scrutiny. In selected centres where grounds are overwhelming, he ruled.

The Deputy Court registrar was ordered to over-see a continuous scrutiny of the votes cast commencing Monday 22nd January.

Following the verdict in round one of his victory, the petitioner Lenny Kivuti flanked by his running mate, former Manyatta MP Emilio Kathuri called for peace as justice is sought.

The scrutiny will be conducted in several polling stations of Manyatta, Runyenjes and Mbeere South Sub Counties where evidence adduced and affidavits presented in Court point to massive irregularities and discrepancies.

The case will be mentioned on 7th February 2018 following the scrutiny and recount exercise.