, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – Kenya National Africa Union (KANU) officials insist that Kericho senate by election was rigged and as such have declared its candidate Paul Sang as the Kericho Senator.
KANU Secretary General Nick Salat claimed that their parallel tallying system shows Sang garnered 126,493 votes against JAP’s Aaron Cheruiyot 38,162 votes.
Salat cited the massive irregularities during the mini-poll accusing JAP and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of stealing the elections through the use of geometric generation, sequencing and pre-filled Form 35A.
“In essence, what those who manipulated the results did amounted to a controlled experiment such that, for every genuine vote that the KANU candidate received, the manipulation system awarded the JAP candidate one and half votes. Cumulatively, the thousands of half votes that the system awarded the JAP candidate would be added up to make round figures of full votes thus bringing about the 109,358 votes that the JAP candidate was announced to have received and declared the winner,” he said.
Asked if the party while challenging the outcome of the by elections; Salat said they were still weighing their options and were still consulting their lawyers.
KANU National Chairman Gideon Moi described events during last Monday’s mini-poll as being nothing but a ‘farce.’
Moi, who is also the Baringo Senator, said the election was rigged to save Deputy President William Ruto’s face.
Ruto camped in Kericho for several days to ensure JAP wins the seat.
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.
Moi said that the party will hold a thanks giving rally in Kericho next week to show appreciation for the support the electorate gave their candidate during last Monday’s mini-poll.
“The people of Kericho supported us and we are going back to thank them for standing with us as we prepare another duel in 2017. We would like to tell them that they may have stolen your votes, but they have not stolen your heart,” said the KANU chairman.
“We got 40 percent of the total votes cast according to the IEBC, yet we were told we will not even get one percent. Our supporters deserve a pat on the back.”
The IEBC had declared Cheruiyot the winner of the mini-poll for garnering a whooping 109,358 votes. Kanu’s Sang gathered only 56,241 votes.