Electoral body invites KANU to shed light on Kericho bribery claims

March 14, 2016 12:09 pm
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On Sunday, KANU officials insisted that the by-election was rigged and as such declared its candidate Paul Sang as the Kericho Senator/FILE
On Sunday, KANU officials insisted that the by-election was rigged and as such declared its candidate Paul Sang as the Kericho Senator/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has invited the Kenya African National Union (KANU) to formally file a complaint on claims that the Kericho senatorial by-election was rigged.

In a statement, the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba however dismissed the allegations which he termed as unsubstantiated.

He further pointed out that KANU had agents in all the 623 polling stations and it issued them, including those accredited to tallying centres, with 700 badges.

“No accredited agent of KANU, or any other candidate, was turned away at any polling centre. The results of the physical votes counted was recorded in Form 35 and 36 and witnessed by party agents present at the polling stations,” he said.

He stated that any objection to the results is supposed to be recorded on the form and the commission has no record of such objection.

“The transmission and projection of the results was done simultaneously to the six constituency tallying centres and the country tallying centre. Party agents were present at all tallying centres,” he indicated.

He revealed that the voter turnout is not a matter of fiction and is verifiable through the register of voters, Electronic Voter Identification devices, and Form 35 which is a record of all the voters who turn up at the polling centre and is signed by the agents of all the candidates.

He stated the forms will be made available on the commission’s website for anyone to scrutinize.

“The party and its candidate was represented at the county tallying centre by its chief agent Dr Cheruiyot,” he said.

He stated that the transmission of the results and tallying of the votes was also done in the presence of the party or candidate’s agents and witnessed by independent observers.

“The commission is in the process of compiling the report of the by-elections. Any party, candidate or member of the public who has any complaints regarding the conduct of both the Malindi and Kericho by-elections is free to report to the commission for appropriate action.”

On Sunday, KANU officials insisted that the by-election was rigged and as such declared its candidate Paul Sang as the Kericho Senator.

KANU Secretary General Nick Salat claimed that their tallying shows Sang garnered 126,493 votes against Aaron Cheruiyot’s (JAP) 38,162 votes.

Salat accused JAP and IEBC of stealing the elections through the use of geometric generation, sequencing and prefilled Form 35A.

Sang on his part complained that the IEBC was hostile to his agents citing that some of his agents were locked out of some polling centres.

KANU National Chairman Gideon Moi said that the party will hold a thanks giving rally in Kericho next week to show appreciation for the support they electorate gave their candidate during last Monday’s mini-poll.

The IEBC had declared Cheruiyot the winner of the mini-polls after garnering a whooping 109,358 votes. KANU’s Sang got 56,241 votes.

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