IEBC responds to Raila’s ‘fake’ presidential results

IEBC has made it clear to Mr Odinga who has since disputed the October 26 repeat polls in which Uhuru had 7.4 million votes.

The Wafula Chebukati led Commission deviated from the August 8 gravy blunder and dished out data related to the identification of voters in the highly polarized event; a day after Mr Odinga declared that he will form the People’s Assembly to frustrate Mr Kenyatta’s administration.

IEBC, in a letter to a local daily, said that in actual sense, data showed that 7,575,806 voters were identified electronically by use of fingerprints in the October 26 polls, different from the August 8 scenario.

The data given by the polls team showed that there were 7,616,217 valid votes cast and 37,713 rejected votes, implying that at least 7,653,930 ballots were cast, different from Mr Odinga who initially put the figure at 3.5 million.

Further, OT-Morpho’s data, a firm which Mr Odinga wanted removed from the repeat polls, showed that 5,525,487 voters were identified using biometric finger identifications, 1,622,276 through the alpha-numeric search, and 428,043 using the documents search in the register.

Mr Odinga claimed that Jubilee party and IEBC struck a deal to doctor numbers in favour of Mr Kenyatta.

While the figures were not contested in the August polls in which Mr Kenyatta got over 8.2 million, a difference of 1.4 million from Mr Odinga’s, it is not clear if the 7.4 million tally that was announced by IEBC on Monday would be questioned in the already filed Okiya Omtatah petition.

On Tuesday, IEBC announced that it had allowed access to servers that were used in the transmission of the October 26 polls.

“The Commission has provided access rights to presidential candidates, agents and observers who made requests to the results transmission servers from the day of elections 26/10/2017 till results were declared,” IEBC Chairman Mr Wafula Chebukati said in an update through Twitter.

He added: “The Commission is in the process of making arrangements to avail the logs to others upon request.”

It remains unclear if Mr Odinga sought access to the servers even after he bolted out of the race citing restrained reforms at the Commission.

In the August 8 contest, which was annulled by the Supreme Court, the electoral body failed to comply with a court order which sought to grant the read-only access to Odinga.

Apparently, in October 26 polls, the IEBC created a new document, Form 32A, to record instances where a voter had been identified using the information in the physical voters’ register.

“The transmission by the kits will not be accurate in terms of absolute numbers and for that reason, we are not going to rely on transmission from the kits but instead will be using the Forms 34A and 34B arriving now,” IEBC Commissioner Prof Abdi Guliye said on Saturday.

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