August 9

Azimio agent files affidavit to support Ruto claim on fake Form 34A

Monday, August 29th, 2022 21:02 | By
IEBC chief executive Marjan Hussein Marjan (left) and commissioner Bola Molu (2nd left) join employees to carry election materials to the Supreme Court registry for filing in readiness of the presidential petition hearing. PD/Charles Mathai

An agent of ODM and Azimio La Umoja Coalition filed an affidavit in favour of President-Elect William Ruto claiming one Forms 34A attached by Azimio La Umoja was fake.

Eric Atuma, who was an agent at St Martin’s School Kibarage Polling Station 2 of 7, in Kitusuru Ward, Westlands Constituency, Nairobi, claims to have been present at the polling station on the material day of the General Election until and including at the close of the polls.

“As an agent, I observed and took note of the tallying exercise at the polling centre immediately at the close of polls. Upon completion of tallying, all the agents at the polling station were issued with a copy of the duly signed Form 34A and I instantly submitted a copy to my party electronically,” he says in an affidavit.

Electronic copy

Atuma says he was shown a copy of Form 34A annexed to the electronic copy that he submitted to ODM/Azimio Party and it was similar to the form uploaded on the IEBC’s public portal.

Atuma claims the Form 34A contained in Page 121 of the Affidavit of Arnold Oginga who is one of the lawyers representing Azimio La Umoja was neither a true copy of the form that he sent to the Party nor the Form 34A contained in the IEBC’s web portal

“In the circumstances, I have reason to believe that the Form 34A contained in Page 121 of the referenced Affidavit is not the true Form 34A emanating from the polling station. I further depone the above, in good conscience with my duty to honestly inform and assist the court in the determination of the dispute herein,” he said in his affidavit.

Azimio La Umoja Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua are seeking to nullify the presidential Elections claiming they were not free and fair. Chebukati announced that Ruto had 7.1 million (50.6 per cent) of the valid votes cast while Raila had 6.9 million (48.6 per cent).

 “The declaration of the ‘outcome of the presidential result, the public accusations and counter-accusations emanating from the IEBC commissioners exposed the more critical fact that the electoral process had not been transparent, impartial, neutral, efficient, accurate and accountable,” Raila said in his petition papers.

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