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Three people to remain in police custody for election malpractice

Two Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) clerks and another one person who were arrested for allegedly being involved in election malpractice on the electioneering day will remain in police custody for ten days awaiting completion of the investigations.

Narok Senior Magistrate Phyllis Shinyada gave the investigating officers time to carry out investigations as reports from the IEBC officials are analyzed.

The clerks namely Laput Francis and Parnade Parmao and another Nkaampa Laput were arrested at Nkosesia Primary School in Narok South Sub County on 9th August, 2022.

According to the investigating officer Stephen Ndungu, the second respondent Mr. Parmao was seen plucking four ballot papers for the position of Member of County Assembly from the booklet which he gave to the first respondent Laput.

Laput then went to the polling booth where he marked the four ballot papers and folded them and was arrested when he wanted to place them in the ballot box.

The third person Mr. Nkaampa was arrested while attempting to rescue the two clerks from being arrested by the police.

Narok Senior Principal Prosecution Counsel Duncan Ondimu said among the offences they are investigating include interfering with election material without authority of IEBC contrary to elections offences act, taking election material intended to be used for the purpose of election and causing breach of peace contrary to penal code.

Ondimu said the suspects allege to reside near the Kenya-Tanzania border making them flight risk hence should remain in custody pending investigations. The three will remain at Ololulunga police station custody.

By Ann Salaton

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