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Opinion: Why These 4 IEBC Commissioners are Wrong on Vote Count

The four commissioners that distanced themselves from the Results announced Om Monday, 16th August 2022, declaring Ruto as the president-elect, gave four reasons which led them to take the drastic actions moments before the declaration of presidential election results at the national tallying center. Among the reasons they gave was that the addition of the percentage of votes awarded to the four presidential candidates exceeded 100%.

The four, led by Vice-chairperson Juliana Cherera and commissioners Irene Masit, Justus Nyangaya, and Francis Wanderi today, caused a buzz on social media after they explained the summation of the percentage of votes that each candidate garnered. In case you forgot, William Ruto got 7,176,141 votes representing 50.49% of the final vote count, while Raila Odinga got 6,942,930, translating to 48.85%. George Wajackoya got 61,969 votes which is o.44% of the final vote tally, while David Waihiga got 31,987, representing 0.27%. Adding the percentages yields 100.01%.

According to the four commissioners, the extra 0.01% of 14.2 million votes is 142,000 votes. Here is part of the statement read by commissioner Cherera at Serena Hotel while explaining the effect of the 0.01%. "This summation gives us a total of 100.01%. This translates to approximately 142,000 votes which significantly affect the final results."

Mathematically, with the help of a basic calculator, 10% of 14.2 million is 1,420,000. 1% of the 14.2 million is 142,000. If you narrow it down to 0.01% of 14.3 million, which the four commissioners said is 142,000, it actually amounts to 1,420. Therefore, the four commissioners got their calculations wrong by a massive margin of error. Thank you.

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