The General Election held on August 8 was not free, fair, or verifiable and also failed the credible test as said by an NGO going by the name Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu says.
In their initial verdict on the exercise that has been hailed by both local and international observers as the most credible in Kenya’s history, the group said results released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) were full of inconsistencies therefore failed short of the constitutional threshold of electoral process.
“The declaration of the presidential election results on August 11, revealed important contradictions and massive anomalies in all the numbers released by the IEBC on the official record on its website and through the chairman’s formal announcement,” human rights lawyer and transitional justice expert Njonjo Mue said.
Mue who is also International Commission for Jurists chair and senior adviser of Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice, in a nut shell, said numbers given by the Wafula Chebukati team just don’t add up.
Also according to ICJ executive director, Samwel Mohochi, they discovered that 15,073,663 voter turnout was finally announced against the 15,518,971 that was streamed on television screens.
He also noted that numbers on the IEBC portal that was relied upon by many Kenyans and media houses, shows the number of votes cast were 15,591,217, leaving 517,555 votes in contention.
Mohochi went on to add that the total number of registered voters certified after the KPMG audit was 19,611,423, down from 19,646,673 after the clean-up.
But discrepancies don’t end there as the total number of ballot papers that arrived from Dubai-based printing firm Al Ghurair were 19,613,846, but IEBC chair declared the total number of registered voters as 19,637,061, a difference of more than 25,638.
“Declaration of the presidential election results was 25,658 votes above the 19,611,423 in the register. There is a significant shift in the total number of registered voters. Registered voters number vary from certified figure in 45 counties,” Mohochi noted during a presser on Thursday, August 17.
The observer group also found out that votes in 288 constituencies do not match details in Form 34A and grand totals for rejected votes in 25 constituencies are missing.
He said the number of rejected votes on the IEBC’s portal are 403,489, against only 78,547 on 1,400 Form 34As they had analysed.
“There are glaring differences between results announced in the presidential election at county level and totals from constituencies in those counties. For example in Kisumu valid votes are 378,903 against 439,423 from the constituencies, showing a deduction for 60,520 votes,” Mohochi noted.
But their worries don’t end there; “Similarly, the valid votes in Kericho were announced as 294,215 against 303,470 votes on the portal repressing a loss of 9,255 votes.” the executive director added.
The lobbyists concluded that they will be part of any petitions filed at the Supreme Court to challenge the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner