KENYA: Presidential Elections Results Don’t Add Up, Says Civil Society Group

NAIROBI AUGUST 18, 2017 (CISA) – Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu (KYSY), a coalition of civil society organizations in Kenya has pointed out disparities in the results of the just concluded Presidential General Elections.

In a press briefing on August 17, KYSY noted it has deployed over 500 monitors in all 290 constituencies to monitor and observe the elections and it has also received observations from the public in pictorial, video and written form.

“Our preliminary findings on the General Election take note of the declaration of the presidential results on August 11, 2017 revealed important contradictions and massive anomalies in all the numbers released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on the official record, on its website and through the chairman’s formal announcement. In short, the numbers do not add up,” said KYSY.

Giving specific examples KYSY stated there were glaring differences between results announced in the presidential election at county level and the totals from constituencies in those counties.

“For example, in Kisumu, valid votes total 378,903 in the county against 439,423 from the constituencies, showing a deduction of 60,520 votes,” said Mr Samuel Mohochi,International Commission of Jurists, Kenyan Chapter Executive Director.

KYSY pointed out a contradiction in the number of rejected votes on the IEBC portal against the forms 34A already analyzed by the coalition.

They also said that there is a significant shift in the total number of registered voters and that registered voter numbers vary from certified figure in 45 counties.

“These differences are not only huge, but also point to the serious problems with the election outcome as announced. The amount of missing data, a full week after the election, calls into question whether the declaration of results could be made legitimately,” said Mr Mohochi.

KYSY were speaking just a day after the National Super Alliance (NASA) said they will file a petition at the Supreme Court to contest President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory.

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