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Events that led to NASA’s petition

Opposition leaders stormed out of the national tallying centre at Bomas of Kenya last Friday shortly before President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the disputed elections.

This was after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) allegedly refused to hear their poll manipulation concerns.

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The National Super Alliance (NASA) chief agents Musalia Mudavadi and Senator James Orengo told a battery of journalists at the Bomas national tallying centre that IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati had told them in a meeting that he was set to declare Uhuru the winner and would only address the concerns raised after the announcement.

They described the results as a “disaster” and refused to sign documents for the Tuesday’s General Election.

“We raised some very serious concerns and they have not responded to them and the Chairman Wafula Chebukati has told us that whatever we had raised would be addressed after (the declaration). We are saying we are not going to be party to it,” Mudavadi said on Friday night.

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He went on: “The issues we raised have not been adequately addressed, so basically, it was like a PR exercise that we were going through in the afternoon when the commission asked us to put our concerns in writing.”

NASA had made fresh demands it wanted addressed by the commission before it could declare the winner of the hotly contested election. The opposition claimed the commission was transmitting results from some non-existent polling stations.

They alleged that some of the stations recorded more than 1,000 turnout, way above the 700 voters per polling station ceiling.

They also demanded access to the commission’s server to verify raw data submitted from the field over claims that they were intercepted and algorithm applied to alter the figures.

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“We have given an offer to the commission and a challenge to the commission that in order to bring this matter to an end, we should be given access to their servers.

“Our note of finality is this, if they can open those servers and we all look at it, we are prepared to accept the results as contained in those servers,” said Orengo.

NASA further claimed that IEBC could not verify 273 forms 34B that it had already received and was also not in possession of more than 10,000 forms 34A.

They contested that IEBC had said its system was designed to only transmit data once both the text and forms were keyed into the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS)

 

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