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Man charged with attempting to vote twice in Lang’ata

A man who was arrested in Lang’ata for attempting to vote twice in the elections has been charged in court.

While appearing before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, court heard that the accused Protus Ligami Simiyu went to the Lang’ata Road Primary School to vote twice .

Prosecution explained that the suspect was at the said polling station in the morning before returning later in the afternoon.

He was arrested after a red alarm was raised by the Biometric Voter Identification kit which indicated that he had showed up a second time at 3.14pm.

The BVR kit also indicated that he had already voted at 9.08am when he put his forefinger for identification.

“On August 8, at polling station No8 at the said school in Lang’ata constituency within Nairobi county, the accused unlawfully attempted to vote twice,” prosecution told court.

NOT GUILTY

He was charged with the offense of voting more than once but he pleaded not guilty.

At the time of his arrest, the accused, who is a security guard, had walked to the centre when there was no queue and was all alone.

He told police officers as well as Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials who had him arrested that the BVR kit had wrongly identified him.

He claimed to have been at his work station within the city centre at the time which he is said to have initially voted.

He also said that it was his first time to vote in that station because he was previously a registered voter in Kajiado North.

The court set him free on a bond of Sh100,000.