, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 10 – The Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Wafula Chebukati has directed all Returning Officers to send final presidential results to the National Tallying Centre by midday Friday, to facilitate validation of the figures.
Speaking at a news conference at the Bomas of Kenya, Chebukati said following validation of the results, the announcement of the country’s next President will then be made.
“We have called on all Returning Officers to ensure that forms 34B are with us latest tomorrow (Friday). Immediately we get those forms we shall validate and we shall tell Kenyans; who their next President and the results of the Presidential Elections are,” he said.
He stated that so far, 29,499 forms 34A had been received and uploaded on the online portal out of the over 40,000.
In addition, 117 forms 34B from expected 290 from all constituencies have also been received.
On his part, Commission Secretary and CEO Ezra Chiloba said the result verification process being carried out by chief agents of the presidential candidates and the IEBC staff is yet yield any discrepancies in the results announced.
“With regards to variances, until the report gets to that particular desk that we can say that there are variances and no variances”
“But I don’t think that should worry us very much because there is a process that is in place which includes the Returning Officer undertaking an almost similar process like this one at the constituencies before they sign off that particular form to forward it to the constituency,” he said.
The result verification desk was set up on Wednesday after NASA Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga alleged that the poll agency’s servers were hacked.
On this, Chebukati sought to clarify conflicting statements between himself and Chiloba who stated that there was no hacking that took place on their system.
But, Chebukati told a media conference at the Bomas of Kenya that there was an unsuccessful attempt to hack into their systems.
“The preliminary report shows that hacking was attempted but did not succeed. That is the position, the report is ready and available to the media and public,” he stated.