NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16 – All constituency results declaration forms for the presidential election held on August 8 are now available to the public.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Wednesday indicated that form 34Bs from the 290 constituencies in the country, as well as results declaration forms from the Diaspora, had been uploaded on the Commission’s public portal for download by members of the public.
This came as the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga announced on Wednesday that he will be challenging the outcome of the presidential results at the Supreme Court, holding that President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner based on fictitious results.
“We had said we will not go court. But with the raid on civil society and determination to silence all voices that could seek legal redress like AfriCOG and the Kenya Human Rights Commission, we have now decided to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer-generated leadership,” Odinga said.
In response to a request letter by NASA, IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba had on Monday promised to furnish the opposition with all results declaration forms, calling for patience to be able to upload all the form 34As and 34Bs.
With Odinga having indicated on Sunday that he would communicate the way forward to his supporters with regards to the General Election on Tuesday, the request by NASA appears to have suggested that the Opposition chief was in fact considering moving to court despite having ruled out the possibility.
Through its National Campaign Committee Chairperson, Musalia Mudavadi, NASA however announced late Tuesday that the anticipated announcement would be made on Wednesday, citing an unconcluded dialogue between alliance leaders on the way forward.
“Owing to the urgency, complexity and delicate nature of issues NASA Summit is handling, our consultations are ongoing and progressing well,” Mudavadi, the Amani National Congress party leader, wrote in a dispatch to newsrooms on Tuesday as the nation awaited Odinga’s statement.
“We regret that the consultations are taking longer than anticipated and NASA will therefore not address Kenyans as projected today,” he added pledging a comprehensive statement.
The focus now shifts to the Supreme Court where NASA, IEBC and the ruling Jubilee Party will seek to convince a bench led by Chief Justice David Maraga on the authenticity or otherwise of presidential results declared and gazetted on Friday by the Chairperson of the electoral commission, Wafula Chebukati.
It is not also clear whether NASA has in its possession results declaration forms that can support its argument on election tampering.