Kenya: Election Chief In Bid to Rescue Polls Amids Accusations of British Meddling

Kenya election
The two main candidates in Kenya’s presidential election

AFRICANGLOBE – With less than half of the results in, “serious reservations” have been raised on the electoral process following Kenya’s 4 March election.

Ahmed Issack Hassan, the chairman of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), was struggling to save the credibility of Kenya’s 4 March elections on Thursday promising that his organisation was doing its utmost to check the accuracy of announced results.

Hassan said he hoped the IEBC would be able to announce the final results for the presidential election some time on 8 March.

However at the time that Hassan was speaking – 17:00 Kenya time – the IEBC had announced results from just 116 out of 290 constituencies.

The IEBC’s sporadic vote count appeared to grind to a virtual halt again on Thursday after Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s coalition demanded full verification checks on all results published by the IEBC.

Odinga’s Vice Presidential candidate Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka told a press conference in Nairobi that their Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) had “serious reservations” about the election exercise and particularly “the tallying process going on at the BOMAS of Kenya.”

Musyoka said that he and his colleagues had four major concerns:

• The failure of Electronic Voter Identification devices in over 80% of the country

• The law requires that voting results be transmitted electronically from polling stations to the national tallying centre to protect them from being doctored. But there was a total failure of the transmission system

• The IEBC refused to address issues raised by cellphone operator Safaricom on the transmission of votes

• The refusal by the IEBC to allow CORD agents to witness and verify the tallying at the Bomas Centre

Musyoka said CORD would look at all possible remedies – including legal ones – to ensure the elections delivered a credible results.

He, however, called on his coalition’s supporters to remain calm and pledged it would not resort to mass action in pursuit of its political interests.

 

By; Patrick Smith