Electoral commission officials have been working overtime to verify forms tabulating the results so as to declare the winner of the presidential election.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said it had set a deadline of 12 pm August 11 to collate results from all the 290 constituencies.
“We have called all the returning officers to ensure that all forms 34A and 34B are here latest 12pm. We will validate the forms and make the announcement,” said IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.
By the time he made the announcement, IEBC had received 117 of the 290 forms 34B required. Some 1,032 polling stations of the total 40,883 had yet to submit form 34As.
“The commission has done its best to ensure a credible election. We hope to announce the presidential results in the shortest time possible,” he said.
Chebukati also used the forum to fight claims by the Opposition NASA that the commission’s IT system had been hacked and results manipulated even as he confirmed that there had been an attempt to hack the system.
“The commission has responded to NASA claims and our preliminary report says there was an attempt to hack the system but it did not succeed,” Chebukati said.
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At Bomas, the commission’s national tallying centre, officials and party agents were combing through the results to see if there were any discrepancies.
IEBC invited the agents to participate in the exercise after NASA complained that the results appearing on the screen were not the same ones that had been sent by presiding officers. NASA demanded that IEBC halts the posting of the results until they are verified.
NASA’s Musalia Mudavadi and James Orengo, flanked by Senators Johnstone Muthama and Moses Wetang’ula, handed a complaint letter to IEBC commissioners.