The four IEBC commissioners who Monday dissented over the presidential election results have finally issued their statement. Led by Vice-chairperson Juliana Cherera the four have still disowned the results. Despite admitting that the election was handled well they noted that the final phase of verifying the presidential results was not transparent. Juliana Cherera said that they have remained faithful to our oath of office and shall continue to do so. The four also noted that they have done their best to contain the challenges that were experienced.
Juliana Cherara said that Chebukati claimed that Raila attained 25% of votes in 34 counties while Ruto attained 25% in 39 counties but the big question was which figures constituted the independent variable to warrant the conclusion. She added that guided by the authority of the Maina Kiai case petition no. 106 of 2016, she categorically stated that the result of the presidential election declared by Chebukati belonged to himself. Juliana Cherera also stated that results lacked important ingredients to support percentage scored by the respective candidates.
Francis Wanderi said that the tallying that was being done by their technical staff was not known by the commissioners until around 4:30 when Mr. Chebukati brought the results tabulated. He added that the commissioners were not given the opportunity to discuss the results. Juliana Cherera said that by the time Wafula Chebukati was declaring the results, verification from certain constituencies had not been done and announced. Justus Nyangaya said that the issue they have is the lack of involvement of the commissioners in presidential tally. Juliana Cherera said that the aggregation of the results exceeded the 100% mark by 0.01% and this translates to 142,000 votes which made a significant difference in the final presidential results.
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