The stand-off at Kianyaga High school continues after Kirinyaga independent gubernatorial candidate Wangui Ngirici stormed the premises calling for a recount claiming the vote was rigged.
Despite Governor Anne Waiguru ‘s agents insisting that the verification and declaration should commence, Ngirici called for a re-tally of the votes in the gubernatorial results.
Relying on the final decision from Returning officer Geoffrey Gitobu who asked for time to do consultations before authenticating a re-tally.
The county is only left with verification before the county’s gubernatorial results are announced.
A rowdy group of supporters stormed the tallying center forcing the police to lob tear gas canisters at them delaying the verification process.
The supporters attempted to force their way into Kianyaga High School, which is serving as the Gichugu constituency tallying center.
“Trouble began when one of the presiding officers attempted to jump the long queue made by the officers as they were returning the poll results to the tallying center. She was seen using a different entrance from that of the long queue with ballot boxes eliciting doubt,” said Gitobu.
Gitobu attributed the clashes earlier on between agents of the governors Waiguru and Ngirici to an impatience of an official.
During the occurrence, the outgoing woman rep was accompanied by her husband Andrew Ngirici and lawyer Ndegwa Njiru to question the IEBC’s tallying process after alleged rigging attempts and to verify the fairness and freedom of the vote counting.