Jubilee to urgently overturn '#PresidentialResultsRuling' – Government official
"It is as if the court wants to see this country on fire," the official told Kenyans
Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri has vowed that the government has plans in place to file an urgent appeal against the ruling.
The ruling which seemingly rattled Jubilee was made on Friday in a day-long hearing in the court of Appeal, following appeal filed by the polls agency IEBC, to counter an early win by the opposition team, NASA.
It ruled that IEBC's returning officers posted in the 290 constituencies must electronically transmit presidential results to the national tallying centre in Nairobi.
IEBC on Saturday, however, said it will not appeal the ruling and is committed to delivering credible election results on August 8.
“The Court of Appeal clarified on declaration of results. We are not appealing the decision,” IEBC said in a tweet.
But Kiunjuri protested the ruling saying "it is as if the court wants to see this country on fire".
"We as Jubilee will not accept the Court of Appeal ruling," he told residents in Turkana on Saturday.
He said the ruling will trigger confusion, which would lead to chaos after the polls.
He said it would be almost impossible to ensure that all constituency officers remain unbiased, adding that the court had not assessed the consequences of not allowing the IEBC chair to be the one to announce the final presidential polls results.
"If county returning officers work under instructions from either Jubilee or NASA and announce different results, the IEBC will have no mandate to verify and alter them,” the CS said.
His sentiments were echoed by Turkana Jubilee governor candidate John Munyes who said the elections would be marred with confusion if the ruling is adhered to.
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