We consulted all parties on presidential election results display – IEBC


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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says that it consulted all the political parties regarding the display of provisional presidential results broadcasted from the National Tallying Center at the Bomas of Kenya.

Speaking during a press conference at the Bomas of Kenya, IEBC Vice Chairperson, Ms. Consolata Nkatha Maina, said that the commission’s approach of displaying results comes after a Court of Appeal ruling regarding the management of electoral results.

“In the event of any discrepancy regarding the displaying of text results and those transmitted through the prescribed form, the form shall be the basis of the final result similarly in order to enhance transparency in the electoral process the commission shall grant presidential candidates special access to the form for purposes of their own verification,” said Ms Maina.

“The electoral agency believes by displaying provisional presidential results, it will have done well to enhance transparency and accountability in the electoral process consistent with the commitment that it has made to the Kenyan people.”

Technical Hitch

IEBC CEO, Ezra Chiloba, cleared doubts of any technical hitches saying that while the commission might not receive the scanned forms in areas not covered by 3G network, the text information has been relayed and the scanned forms will be received as soon as the presiding officers move to an area covered by network as directed by the commission.

“Those who are not able to transmit to the National Tallying Centre should move to the Constituency Tallying Centre or a place with network coverage where they will be able to transmit. Our assumption is that most of the results that are trickling in are from areas with strong 3G and 4G network and we are confident before the end of the day, we should have the results,” said Chiloba.

Announcing of Presidential results

Commissioner Roselyn Akombe said that the commission will not announce the final presidential results before results from all the 290 constituencies come in.

“All results regardless of number or magnitude count. We will wait until all the results from all constituencies are in to announce winner,” answered Akombe.

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