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Kenya elections 2022: Why 4 IEBC officials walked out of the national tallying centre

Why 4 IEBC officials walked out the national tallying centre

African News. 4 IEBC officials walk out of the of the national tallying centre. Four IEBC officials caused a buzz after walking out the national tallying centre, moments before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced the presidential results.

According to the 4 officials, Chebukati only presented them with the final presidential election results presumably from the backend which he controlled alone and did not allow them to even discuss them.

“The tallying that was being done by our technical staff was not known to the commissioners until around 4:30pm when Chebukati brought the results tabulated. He did not give us an opportunity to discuss the results…he just said ‘these are the results of each particular candidate’ and therefore he is going to read them. He did not allow us to discuss to see whether there were any disparities, in accordance with legal requirements,” said commissioner Wanderi.

The four said they will not take ownership of the results announced by their Chairman Wafula Chebukati.

Vice chairperson Juliana Cherera and commissioners Irene Masit, Justus Nyangaya and Francis Wanderi termed the results as opaque.

Among the reasons was the total percentage of votes awarded to the four presidential candidates exceeding 100 percent.

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According to the results, President-elect William Ruto got 7,176,141 votes representing 50.49 per cent of the final vote while Raila Odinga got 6,942,930 translating to 48.85 per cent.

While George Wajackoya got 61,969 votes (0.44 per cent of the vote) and David Waihiga 31,987 (0.27 per cent).

“This summation gives us a total of 100.01 per cent. This translates to approximately 142,000 votes which will make a significant difference in the final results,” the commissioners said in a statement read by Cherera at Serena Hotel, Nairobi.

However it was established that the calculation by the four which led to the conclusion that 0.01 represents 142,000 is wrong. Mathematically, 10 per cent of 14.2 million is 1,420,000 with one per cent of the same figure translates to 142,000.