IEBC Vice Chair Juliana Cherera Explains Why They Rejected Results Showing Ruto Won

Four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Commissioners led by Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera, have come out to explain why they disowned results that declared Deputy President William Ruto as the president-elect.

The four rejected the outcome of the August 9 presidential election and promised to give a detailed explanation of what transpired during the tallying f the presidential poll.

On Wednesday, August 16, Cherera stated that IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati gave them a wrong aggregation of the results.

IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera during an IEBC briefing at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, August 1, 2022.

She argued that the calculations that Chebukati gave them a total of 100.01 per cent and that 0.01 translates to 142,000 votes which would make a significant difference in the final results.

Cherera stated that they declined to acknowledge the results because the accuracy of the source of the figures tallied was not comprehensive.

She maintained that the results did not indicate the total number of registered voters, voters cast and rejected votes in this regard and they lacked a critical ingredient naming a total number of total votes cast.

“The percentage is a total of all numbers  7.7 million of Ruto translates to 50.49% then it was 50.49 of what. Take notice Chebukati says Raila attained 25% of votes in 34 counties while Ruto attained 25% in 39 counties. Which figures constituted the variables of the percentages,” Cherera posed. “We concluded that the process that went into the generation of Form 34 C used to declare Ruto was opaque.

Guided by the authority of the Maina Kiai case as upheld by the Supreme Court in 2017, we state categorically that the results of the elections declared by Chebukati belong to himself and do not represent that of IEBC,” she added.

The tallying that was being done was not known to the commissioners it was being done by the technical staff and Chebukati did not explain to them the outcome despite questions being raised. “By the time Wafula Chebukati was declaring the results, verification from certain constituencies had not been announced,” stated Cherera.

IEBC Commissioner Justus Wanderi stated that the commissioners did not do the tallying and he further explained that the data was compiled by the technical team and submitted to the commissioners at 4:30pm. He noted that there was no opportunity to verify as required by law.

IEBC commissioner Francis Wanderi during an interview on Citizen TV on Monday, April 11, 2022CITIZEN TV

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