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Security alert at Nyali Tallying Centre over ballot materials

General Service Unit (GSU) personnel have been deployed to scale-up security at the Nyali Constituency Tallying Centre domiciled at National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) Mombasa.

This follows dispute over some ballot boxes that arrived late to the Constituency Tallying Centre from Maweni Secondary School Polling Station.

Some political parties’ agents protested over the same, demanding for an explanation from the Presiding Officer.

The elections materials in question came from one of the streams within Maweni Secondary School Polling Station in Mkomani Ward.

Elections materials from other streams within the same Polling Stations had arrived, Tuesday, after conclusion of the voting and tallying exercise.

The incident attracted a group of ODM supporters, who were kept at bay by security officers manning the tallying centre.

The rowdy group also vented their anger on the Incumbent Nyali MP, Mohamed Ali and his aides, who had parked their vehicles inside the Tallying Centre.

They demanded that the MP and his team leave the Centre.

Nyali Sub- county Police Commander, Daniel Masaba and other senior officers, were at the scene to contain the situation.

Masaba and his team engaged them diplomatically to ease the tense atmosphere.

The security officers were seen escorting Ali and his aides out of the Tallying Centre while another team guarded the vehicle carrying the disputed ballot materials.

The Nyali Constituency Returning Officer, John Ole Taiswa, told Kenya News Agency that they will be verifying the physical results against those uploaded on the IEBC’s portal.

Ole Taiswa further stated that the Presiding Officer and his team will be questioned on what transpired and necessary action taken.

“We shall deal with it once we are done with verification and tallying of the results from the remaining 100 polling stations in the queue,” added Ole Taiswa.

Meanwhile, verification and tallying has been concluded in Kisauni Constituency.

The Returning Officer, Ibrahim Wario, said they will declare official results in all elective positions after ongoing tabulations.

“We shall declare results after we have completed the remaining process. That should be later today,” Wario told journalists.

By Galgalo Bocha

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