Jubilee Party Kiambaa parliamentary by-election candidate Kariri Njama has claimed victory even after the electoral commission declared his main competitor, John Njuguna Wanjiku, of United Democratic Alliance (UDA), the winner.
In a press conference this evening, 16th July, Njama alleged that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had conspired with UDA agents to shortchange him.
A disappointed Njama called out the electoral agency for “reversing the will of the people”.
He said: “First and foremost, I want to thank the people of Kiambaa for the support and their votes. We won fair and square, but the IEBC went to bed with our rivals.
“I want to make it clear that I don’t agree with the results. There were many irregularities that must be addressed before we move on,” he said.
He revealed that he had decided to seek justice in court.
The politician alleged that the results from three polling stations were cooked.
“A recount of votes in Gachie, Kawaida, and Karuri polling stations must happen. We can’t allow the IEBC to make decisions for the people,” Njama said.
Last night, the losing candidate and his agents stormed Karuri High School, the main tallying centre and disputed the results.
Chaos erupted but police intervened to quell it.
The electoral agency suspended the counting of votes, but resumed it this morning when Wanjiku was declared the winner.
He garnered 21,773 votes against Njama’s 21,263 votes.