IEBC numbers don’t add up, suggest full audit – Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu

The general election failed the ‘free, fair, verifiable and credible’ test, civil society groups under Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu have declared.

In its preliminary findings, the observer group said results released by IEBC had numerous inconsistencies, falling shot of the constitutional threshold of the electoral process.

“The declaration of presidential election results on August 11 revealed important contradictions and massive anomalies in all the numbers released by IEBC on the official record on its website and through the chairman’s formal announcement,” said Njonjo Mue, a human rights lawyer and transitional justice expert said.

Njue is also chairman of the International Commission for Jurists and senior adviser for Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice.

“In-short numbers do not add up,” he added.

But observers from the East African Community and European said the election was fair and that there were no signs of manipulation.

The contest was a tough battle between President Uhuru Kenyatta who wanted a second and final five-year term and NASA principal Raila Odinga who first vied for the top seat in 1997.

He tried and lost in 2007 and 2013.

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Samwel Mohochi, ICJ executive director, said they found out that in terms of turnout, a total of 15,073,663 voters was announced against the 15,518,971 streamed on TV at one point.

Mohochi currently places the number at 15,591,217 presenting a standing gap of 517,555 votes.

He explained that the total number of registered voters certified after the KPMG audit was 19, 611,423 down from 19,646,673 after a clean-up.

The total number of ballots in the ballot packing list was 19,613,846 but IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati declared the total number of registered voters as 19,637,061.

“The declaration of presidential election results was 25,658 votes above the 19,611,423 in the register. There is a significant shift in the total number of registered voters. Registered voter numbers vary from certified figure in 45 counties.”

Their finding also shows votes in 288 constituencies do not match details in form 34 A and are no grand totals for rejected votes in 25 constituencies.

Mohochi explained that the number of rejected votes on the IEBC portal stands at 403,489, against only 78,547 on 1,400 forms 34A as analysed so far.

He said that even though the commission did not announce the number of rejected votes, they streamed 401,903 as rejected votes. The sum of the country total was 400,796 while summing up constituencies’ rejected votes on the portal gives the figure 401,943.

“There are glaring differences between results announced in the presidential election at county level and totals from constituencies in those counties. For example, in Kisumu valid votes are 378,903 against 439, 23 from the constituencies in the country, showing a deduction for 60520 votes,” he said.

“Similarly the valid votes in Kericho were announced as 294215 against 303,470 votes on the portal, repressing a loss of 9,255 votes.”

He cited incidences where voter turnout in some stations exceeded the number of registered voters.

The lobbyists said the differences were not only huge but also point to a problem with the election outcome as announced.

“At face value they suggest a full audit of the result IEBC has released and their reconciliation with authentic documents from polling stations. The amount of missing data a full week after the election calls into question whether the declaration of results could be made legitimately.”

NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga announced ion Wednesday that they will take their complaints to the Supreme Court.

He has insisted that President Uhuru Kenyatta did not win the election and told the court this is an opportunity to regain Kenyans’ trust.

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