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Man arrested for creating fake polling station

18 January 2013, 11:36 Alloys Musyoka

Police in Malindi have arrested a middle aged man who posed as presiding officer and conducted ODM election at a fake polling station.

The ODM election in Malindi kicked off late when many voters had gone home.

Hamisi Kahindi was caught conducting ODM election at Barani Secondary school using the school's polling equipment.

He was rescued by police later from irate supporters of a certain aspiring MP who believed the man was doing so with an aim of rigging election to help some politicians who have no support from locals in the area win.

Although the exercise kicked off at around 3:30PM after delays were experienced from the party's headquarters, the five ballot boxes already had ballot papers of voters who had cast their votes despite the fact that there was no file of voters.

The polling station had no security officers, agents from different aspirants and observers and was not among those selected by ODM election board in the district.

The ballot boxes had votes for Amaon Kingi (Gervanor Kilifi county), Stewart Madzayo (aspiring senate), Esther Kache and Aisha Jumwa (aspiring women representatives) and Daniel Kazungu (aspiring MP Malindi) despite the fact that the area has various aspirants whose name did not appear on the ballot boxes.

Malindi district police boss Kiprono Lang'at confirmed the incident saying the suspect was being held at Malindi police station as investigations in to the matter begin.

Malindi aspiring Mp on ODM ticket Justine Baya Kazungu accused Minister for fisheries development Amason Jefa Kingi and his opponent Daniel Kazungu for the malpractice.

"How come those had their names on the ballot boxes yet we have many aspirants? Does it mean I don't have supporters or others have no supporters too? This is a plan to rig election and we will not allow it again in this region," said Baya.

However,  aspiring governor Amason Jefa Kingi and Malindi constituency aspiring Mp Daniel Kazungu dismissed the rigging claims saying those were plans by their critics to damage their reputation.

Kingi said the incident should be investigated and the truth unveiled to the public saying whoever had planned to tarnish his reputation will not succeed.

Daniel Kazungu said he had no information regarding the issue, adding that the rigging claims were unfounded and full of propaganda.

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