September 24, 2018

IEBC gazettes final election results, says it is ready for NASA petition

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Friday gazetted the full list of the 47 Governors, their deputies and the 47 Senators who were elected following the August 8 General Election.

The Commission has also published the names and final results garnered by the 47 County Woman Representatives.

IEBC also published the names of Kimani Ichung’wah (Jubilee Party) who was elected unopposed as MP for Kikuyu Constituency and Othuthu George Abaja who was elected unopposed to be Seme West Ward Representative.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 88 (4) of the Constitution, Section 4 of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act, 2011, Regulation 53 of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission makes a declaration of no contest and declares the persons listed in the 5th and 6th columns of the First Schedule and 7th and 8th columns of the Second Schedule duly elected for the electoral units listed in the First and Second Schedules,” reads the gazette notice.

IEBC and the Jubilee Party have announced that they are ready to counter NASA’s presidential petition challenging the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as President-elect.

A source within the pool of lawyers revealed to The Standard that NASA’s case will be hinged on Raila Odinga’s claims of hacking of the IEBC servers and inconsistent results.

He said that Odinga and his team have been exaggerating the poll figures to favour them.

“If you look at the first demand they sent to the commission, they claimed that the results had been cooked. For example, in Nyamira County, they indicated that Raila got 2,411,731 whereas the total number of registered voters is 278,853,” he noted.

According to the IEBC, credibility of the results it announced will be critical to the case.

The source also said that the IEBC has proof that its system was not hacked and will authenticate results relayed and announced.

“If you look at it as a lay man, the majority law makers in the National Assembly are from Jubilee and the same is replicated in the Senate. Jubilee also infiltrated areas that were presumably the Opposition’s strongholds. Thus, there is no way Raila can claim he won,” he indicated.

He added that the IEBC complied with the law strictly and that NASA should respect the will of the people.

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