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800,000 people did not vote for president alone – Chiloba

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has dismissed reports that some 800,000 voters cast ballots for presidential candidates alone.

The commission responded on Thursday to a story by The Star that this number of eligible voters ignored other seats.

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Speaking to The Star on phone, CEO Ezra Chiloba said inconsistencies resulted from delays in transmitting results from polling stations.

Chiloba added that in some areas, the transmission rate was “bottom low” and should not be confused with the final count.

He cited cases of Embu and Kirinyaga counties where he said Senator results posted on the IEBC portal account for only 4.4 per cent of all polling stations there.

The Star had used the figures on the portal to make the calculations but had not taken into account the transmission rate.

In Embu, the portal had 200,201 more people for President than Senator.

This, however, was a reflection of 100 per cent polling stations for President and a paltry 22.2 per cent transmission rate for Senator.

Chiloba added that the commission is not anticipating any major variance between the presidential vote and votes cast for other polling stations after 100 per cent transmission from polling centers.

He explained that the delay in transmission might have been occasioned by KIEMS kits that malfunctioned.

“There could be many reasons why they did not transmit the other results electronically. Maybe the kits did not function.”

Results for about 33-34 elective positions, he added, were not transmitted because some candidates were cleared by courts after the system had been set.

However, a look at the IEBC system shows there are posted results for Muhoroni constituency despite the area being one of those where were candidates were changed at the last minute through a court order.

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